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Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi's position as the chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders is up for grabs.

This is as amakhosi from all over the province are expected to attend their first meeting today where they will elect the new executive for the provincial house as well as its representatives to the National House of Traditional Leaders.

The much-anticipated election takes place at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, but one analyst believes that Buthelezi will retain his position.

Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson of the department of local government and traditional affairs, said the elections were as a result of last month's polls.

"Following the national and provincial elections on April 22, the term of office for the national and provincial houses of traditional leaders came to an end.

"This has necessitated that the houses of traditional leaders convene meetings to elect new office bearers to be in compliance with the requirements of the law," Mabaso said.

MEC for local government and traditional affairs Willis Mchunu will attend the event, while Judge Herbert Msimang will preside over the proceedings.

Analyst Protas Madlala believes that Buthelezi will be re-elected.

"Buthelezi still commands respect among traditional leaders. The fact that almost all chiefs were re-elected at district level, one can assume that the same will happen to Buthelezi," he said.


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