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Limpopo probes traditional leader disputes

Published May 18, 2012

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Limpopo has appointed a commission to investigate hundreds of traditional leadership disputes.

Anthropologist and former lecturer Ramokone Kgatla was appointed to lead the commission, the province's traditional affairs MEC Clifford Motsepe said on Friday.

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“This commission is charged with the responsibility of resolving all 568 disputes and claims to the satisfaction of all the parties,” he said.

The disputes date back as far as September 1927, when the Black Administration Act came into effect.

They have been divided into three categories: disputes among royal family members over claims to the throne, disputes among headmen claiming senior traditional leadership status, and disputes over boundaries or portions of farms.

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Motsepe said R8 million had been set aside for the commission's work.

The House of Traditional Leaders and Congress of Traditional Leaders believed the commission would resolve the claims once and for all. – Sapa

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