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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs at the 2013 Ndzundza Mabusa Heritage Celebration and Commemoration of iKosi Senzangakhona James Mahlangu

The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Mr Lechesa Tsenoli, attended the 2013 Ndundza Mabusa Heritage Celebration & Commemoration on 28 September 2013 at Mabusa show grounds. The event was attended by Senior Traditional Leaders, the Deputy Chairperson of the Mpumalanga Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in Mpumalanga, the Mayor of Nkangala Municipality and other senior government official.

 

This is an annual celebration to commemorate the discovery of the caves by King Mabhoko that were also known as Mapoch’s grotte in 1847. The Ndebele-Ndzundza have erected a stature of Ingwenyama Nyabela at these caves to make their people aware about their origin. 

 

In appreciation of the cultural celebration at the end of the Heritage month, the Minister in his speech passed the message of support from the President, that the young ones should not be forgotten when embracing and celebrating tradition.  The Minister emphasised that people should be proud of their tradition and said: "as South Africans we should be proud of our different cultures which showcases the uniqueness of our country”. 

 

The Minister highlighted that after 20 years of democracy there was still a lot to be done in fighting poverty and that education should be used as a weapon in fighting poverty.  The Minister alluded on the role played by traditional leaders on behalf of their communities and emphasised the saying “Morena ke Morena ka setshaba”  meaning "a leader is a leader by his nation’’.  He also made reference to the relationship between traditional leaders and the councillors and accentuated that both should work together in service delivery.  

 

The Minister embraced iKosi Mahlangu for using the event to raise awareness in the fight against the abuse of drugs. “This celebration should be on an annual basis so that when we come back here next year, parents should say and pride themselves that there are no longer drugs in their area,” said Minister Tsenoli.

 

iKosi Mahlangu alluded on what the Minister said, “respect is a two-way process and as a traditional leader one should also respect the people he leads. I also plead with you as the community to stop the abuse against women and that men should love their wives and children and respect their grannies”.  

 

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