Calls for formation of group to tackle rural issues

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TRADITIONAL MATTERS: Senior leaders of Isizwe Sabathembu in the Chris Hani District held a meeting at the Komani Town Hall last week for the formation of the new Zonke Izizwe structure with, from left, secretary Thozamile Sokupe and chairman Simon Bhokwe Picture: BHONGO JACOB
TRADITIONAL MATTERS: Senior leaders of Isizwe Sabathembu in the Chris Hani District held a meeting at the Komani Town Hall last week for the formation of the new Zonke Izizwe structure with, from left, secretary Thozamile Sokupe and chairman Simon Bhokwe Picture: BHONGO JACOB
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DESPITE a poor showing from Chris Hani District constituents, the senior leaders of a group of Isizwe Sabathembu are adamant that they will continue with the formation of the Zonke Izizwe structure which will aim at solving traditional issues facing rural people.

Chairman of the group, Simon Bokwe, said the formation of the structure could not happen due to a lack of full participation from invited members.

He said the structure would help people to identify their genealogy. “This will help people to know who they are and where they come from. We want people to know which clan they belong in within the Xhosa people because there are many people, especially in town, who do not know their ancestry.”

Zonke Izizwe would also represent the people of the area with their traditional issues at the Eastern Cape House of Traditional leaders in Bhisho.

“As the Abathembu people we know that we have some challenges. People do not have any information on traditional issues, such as the imprisonment of the Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, so we are going to form this structure that will be able to forward our grievances to the provincial leaders.”

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