The election of a female leader in this important traditional organization will bring a different set of skills and perspectives that are necessary in our current society.
The Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) congratulates Nkosikazi Nomandla Mhlawuli on her historic election as President of the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) and Khoi-San Leaders on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
The unopposed election of Nkosikazi Mhlawuli as the first female traditional leader to this position signals NHTL‘s commitment to democratic South Africa’s promise to empower the country’s women. This recognition by the NHTL is a testament to her abilities as a leader that she is up to the task.
The NHTL has always been perceived as patriarchal and not open to transformation, particularly in terms of gender. The committee congratulates you on this great milestone in what has traditionally been the domain of male primogeniture and a bastion of patriarchy in South Africa. The election of a female leader in this important traditional organization will bring a different set of skills and perspectives that are necessary in our current society.
A series of social problems affect communities, especially in rural areas, which require the intervention of traditional leaders. The committee hopes that Nkosikazi Mhlawuli’s election will lead to innovations in finding solutions to these problems. The committee wishes Nkosikazi Mhlawuli success in his role.