IFP leader and chairperson of the Zululand District Local House of Traditional Leaders Mangosuthu Buthelezi says traditional leaders in KwaZulu-Natal are treated badly because of the deep hatred thegovernment has of him.
Speaking in Ulundi on Friday at the opening of the R3 million offices for the House of Traditional Leaders, Buthelezi said the treatment of amakhosi was worse than it had been under apartheid.
He said that under the apartheid regime, the KwaZulu Tribal Taxation Act was hardly feasible because of the shoestring budgets imposed.
But when the KwaZulu-Natal Traditional Leadership and Governance Act No 5 of 2005 was passed by the provincial legislature, the government repealed their tax act, he said.
Now they have no budgets, he said.
"Even during the dark days of apartheid, traditional authorities had budgets and we sat down to discuss the income and expenditure of each of the tribal authorities each financial year.
"I never thought we would experience something so similar to the way the apartheid regime behaved towards anyone who was persona non grata to them.
"Act 5 of 2005 does not make any provisions for any budget for any of our traditional councils."
Buthelezi's sentiments were echoed by Inkosi Mpiyezintombi Mzimela, who said the government, even at national level, did not care about traditional leaders because of "the well known" reasons against Buthelezi.
He also said Buthelezi's ousting as provincial chairperson of the house had been premeditated.
IFP national chairperson Zanele Mgwaza-Msibi said her district had built offices as a token of appreciation to Buthelezi and all the amakhosi within the district.
She also announced that a statue of Buthelezi would be erected in Ulundi on December 16.