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The waning fortunes of traditional leadership in South Africa: From pre-colonial to apartheid periods

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Title The waning fortunes of traditional leadership in South Africa: From pre-colonial to apartheid periods
Creator Mvenene, Jongikhaya
Subject — pre-colonial; kings; chiefs; heritage; power; colonialism; apartheid
Description There is a disturbing trend in the public arena by traditional leaders and their communities that their role and power in the development of their communities have been downplayed by the colonial, apartheid and democratic governments. This article examines a history of traditional leadership and African communities from pre-colonial times to the apartheid period. The traditional leaders’ status, place and role in the development of the communities are examined. It is argued that traditional leadership as a heritage was jealously guarded, strengthened and maintained by traditional leaders and rural communities in spite of successive governments’ assault on chiefs (iiNkosi) and kings (iiKumkani). In the past, traditional leaders worked collaboratively with their communities in exerting pressure on the previous governments to recognise traditional leadership as an institution worth maintaining and treasuring. They were the law-makers. Succession was a criterion for access to positions of power and had the power and the final say in matters of national importance.Contribution: The purpose of this article is to bring to the surface the fact that traditional leaders collaborated with colonial governing authorities and apartheid government not so much to serve as stooges but for personal interest. Hence, oral sources are also used to delve deep into the dynamics of traditional leadership.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2023-12-20
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/nc.v90i0.248
Source New Contree; Vol 90 (2023); 9 pages 2959-510X 0379-9867
Language eng
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