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By unknown | Apr 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Chief Jerry Davhana, chairman of the Davhana Royal Council, has issued instructions that his subjects should pay towards the installation ceremony of chief David Davhana tomorrow .

Chief Molweli Davhana yesterday confirmed that communities were instructed to pay for the scheduled ceremony.

He said each community that comprised about 20000 people was expected to contribute.

"The payments are on instructions from the chief and under normal circumstances whoever jumps the chief's words is at fault," he said.

Chief Jerry Davhana said everyone had to pay between R50 and R500 for the ceremony.

The community has been into five categories for the purpose: the unemployed, government employees, churches, spaza shops and established businesses.

Unemployed families are expected to contribute R50 each, government employees R300 and churches R200.

Owners of spaza shops are to pay R150 each, while established businesses are expected to contribute R500 each.

But the communities are opposed to the move to facilitate the installation of Chief David Davhana of the Davhana community in Vuwani.

Thomas Nengwekhulu, a resident in the area, said yesterday that it was unheard of for a chief to charge such exorbitant amounts for a ceremony.

"We are not opposed to the chief's installation but we are worried about the costs," Nengwekhulu said.

Another resident, Shonisani Netshidzati, of the Mpheni area, said it would be difficult for her to pay the money because she could not afford to.

According to community spokesmen, the chief has threatened not to offer his services if they did not pay.

The chief's installation follows the death of his father, Chief Ozias Davhana, in 1994.

The late chief's brother, Julius Davhana, has been acting in the position.

Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto is expected to attend the ceremony, which is scheduled for tomorrow.


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