Are traditional leaders in conflict with the constitution?

The debate about the powers and functions of traditional leaders in alongside the South African constitution continues.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to IFP (Independent Freedom Party) member of parliament, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, about the matter.

He said that the fact that traditional leaders played a role in the country's liberation struggle doesn't mean they should be benefitting selfishly through government funding that doesn't assist the communities.

I do not believe that the institution of traditional governance is opposed to municipal governace but you need to find a way these work.

Mkhuleko Hlengwa, IFP member of parliament

Cautioning against appropriating rights to the individual instead of the system, he said that traditional leaders ought to submit themselves to the laws of the country.

I don't think we can have a blanket approach which is not defined. The risk emerges out of the fact that we have not taken the time to determine the powers and functions of traditional leaders.

Mkhuleko Hlengwa, IFP member of parliament

Listen to the full interview below:

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