Yesterday President Jacob Zuma said we should solve African problems in the Africa way, because if we solve them only legally, it becomes too complicated. The law does not look at things from all sides, intimated Zuma.
General Secretary of Contralesa, Xolile Ndevu interpreted this statement as being entirely about issues of traditional leadership, and not any other disputes in society.
If you listen to the speech of the President, it's all about the issue around the claims and disputes of traditional leaders. So when he says solve problems in the African way, he is referring to the fact that traditional leaders are the only ones who know about their Houses in terms of their leadership. So it does not help for government or the President or courts of law, to intervene on matters where only traditional leaders themselves, are able to understand where a House should take the lead in terms of leadership. That is all that he refers to.— Xolile Ndevu ,Contralesa
Constitutional Law expert Professor Shadrack Gutto weighs in on 'African way for Africans' He says it is important looking at the current controversy and broadening it to how we understand the Constitution of the country. Everything needs to be done within the law, he says. <div class="soundTags">
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He says the traditional leaders need use opportunities in the courts to progressively develop their role.
Traditional leaders in the country need to wake up and push forward the role they need to play.— Prof. Shadrack Gutto, Constitutional Law Expert