Johannesburg – Traditional leaders have a crucial role to play in economic recovery and uniting South Africa.
That is according to Deputy President David Mabuza who was addressing the sixth annual opening of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San leaders.
Mabuza highlighted the crucial role that traditional leaders play in the communities they represent.
But he said they must also step up when it comes to gender-based violence, alleviating poverty and fighting racism and tribalism.
Mabuza said government remains concerned about the high numbers of deaths at traditional initiation schools.
“As venerated leaders of the people in communities, there is an unmistakable expectation from the people that you represent in this National House that carries possibilities for the practical realisation of their hopes, dreams and aspirations. It is a trust that cannot be betrayed,” he said.
The deputy president said government acknowledges the issues and challenges raised by the Amakhosi and Khoi and San traditional leaders at the event on Thursday.