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Election date set for leaders

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Coghsta MEC Alvin Botes is confident that this process will take place without incident

Northern Cape MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) Alvin Botes. File image

THE PROCESS to elect representatives of the local and provincial houses of traditional leaders will take place next month.

Northern Cape MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta), Alvin Botes, said he was confident that this process would take place without incident.

Botes explained that the election of new representatives came as the current five-year term, which runs concurrently with that of the national house, was drawing to a close.

“The procedure to be followed to conduct the nominations and elections must be determined by the Premier in terms of a notice in the Provincial Gazette,” Botes said.

He added that Premier Sylvia Lucas had met with the eight traditional leaders, who constitute the electoral college, in Kuruman on Monday.

The elections of the seven headmen and two senior traditional leaders to the local house will take place in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District on Monday, September 11, followed by the election of 11 representatives (eight senior traditional leaders and three headmen) to the provincial house in Kimberley the following day.

At the conclusion of these two elections, three local representatives will be voted into the national house.

Botes said that while there had been some disagreements as to who had a rightful claim to the chieftainship of the Khoisan people, he was confident that this process would be concluded with minimal conflict.

“The Khoisan community will engage in the process of electing candidates from among themselves.

“There have been clashes with regard to the chieftainship but government will abide by the Sithole Commission which deals with disputes and claims to traditional leadership.

“The representatives of the various houses of traditional leaders do not only deal with issues of customs and culture but are stewards of development.”