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South Africa axes six traditional kings

President Jacob Zuma announced on Thursday that South Africa would stop recognising half the nation`s traditional kings and queens, dismissing them as artificial creations of the apartheid regime.



Pretoria: President Jacob Zuma announced
on Thursday that South Africa would stop recognising half the
nation`s traditional kings and queens, dismissing them as
artificial creations of the apartheid regime.

The announcement came after a six-year government
study into the traditional monarchies, some of which were used
by the white-minority apartheid rulers as what Zuma described
as a divide and rule strategy to weaken black leaders.
Seven of the 13 kingships were approved. The other six
will end when the incumbent ruler dies, Zuma told reporters.

"The apartheid regime created its own traditional
leadership at the expense of authentic leadership in some
communities," Zuma said.
"It was how those in charge divided and disunited
people," he said. "We urge all communities to accept the
findings in the spirit of correcting the wrongs of the past,
and as part of the country`s nation-building efforts."

Traditional leaders have little real political power,
but can act as arbitrators in local disputes and remain
important cultural figures.

PTI

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