African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize says concerns raised by traditional leaders will be taken to the party’s elective conference later this month to further discuss the issues.
Mkhize was speaking after the Inaugural Indigenous and Traditional Leaders Indaba in Boksburg yesterday.
The summit discussed issues affecting the important institution of traditional leaders and their communities as well as the role of traditional leaders in the radical economic development and land matters.
Mkhize says many of their concerns are already in the ANC discussion documents.
“There are concerns around the powers of traditional leaders and whether in fact we shouldn’t be legislating them and putting them in the Constitution.
“And also there are concerns about the impact of some of the legislation to the communal land, the issue of Property Rates Act.”
At the same time, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said government supports the demand by traditional leaders for 13% of the land to be transferred to traditional authorities but says it must be done in a way that will benefit many South Africans.
Ramaphosa delivered a closing address at the Inaugural Indigenous and Traditional Leaders Indaba in Boksburg.
In its declaration, the Traditional Leaders Indaba say they want the government to transfer 13% of the land to traditional authorities within six months and that if there is no legislation to effect this, such laws must be enacted within a two-year period.
Ramaphosa said the government wants to bolster the traditional leaders’ role in addressing the land question.
“Yes, we want to support you in making sure that the 13% of land that you have control over becomes the land that you’re going to play a critical role in.”
He said the transfer must be done in a way that will best benefit South Africans.