The Director-General of the Department of Traditional Affairs, Dr MC Nwaila presented a paper on the state of Traditional Leadership in a Democratic South Africa on the 10 November 2016. The paper was presented at a round table discussion at the University of South Africa (UNISA) .
The paper sought to explore the notion of traditional leadership within a democratic dispensation and its future. The ongoing debate about the proper role of traditional leaders in modern African democracies as a complex and multifaceted and full of contradictions.
The Director-General concluded the paper by borrowing wise words from Ayi Kwei Armah cited by Makgoba, MW, et al. (1999) in their compilation of papers delivered during the African Renaissance Conference, â€œA people losing sight of origins are dead, a people deaf to purpose are lost. Under the fertile rain, in scorching sunshine, there is no difference: their bodies are mere corpses, awaiting final burial.â€
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