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IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has called for unity among all traditional leaders in the country.
Buthelezi is also a self-styled prime minister of the Zulu nation and chairperson of the Zululand district house of traditional leaders.
He was speaking in Ulundi on Saturday at a dinner held for chiefs from Eastern Cape who had been invited by the Zululand district.
Buthelezi warned the traditional leaders against disunity, saying that if they did not unite the government would "finish them off by removing their powers".
About 100 traditional leaders, princesses and headmen from the Qiya and Dalinjyebo regions, were present.
Buthelezi said the fact that traditional leaders received no budget from the government was an indication that there was an attempt to do away with them.
He said traditional leaders were treated "shabbily".
He said he always advocated the unity of traditional leaders.
"I risked being politically obliterated with my party when I decided not to participate in the first democratic election unless there was more clarity on the issue of the place and roles of the institution of traditional leadership in the new order," he said.
Buthelezi said his hope had always been the Coalition of Traditional Leaders.
He said many meetings were held to try to make sure that there was harmony between traditional leaders and the government, and, in some cases, municipalities.
He praised the relationship between the Zululand district house of traditional leaders and the municipalities, saying it was "harmonious".
"We have a unique relation with the municipality, so good that they have provided land on which they financed the building of the office of the Zululand District Local House for Traditional Leaders," he said.