Traditional leader focus on family

Traditional healers in Ekurhuleni officially opening the State of the City Address ceremony.

Kwatsaduza – The leader from the Amahleki Chiefdom of Pirie in the Eastern Cape says people do not have to lose who they are just because they live in urban areas.

“We have all come from the rural areas to create better lives for ourselves and our children.

“However, we do not have to neglect our culture in that process.”

Inkosi Vazi believes that the apartheid system destroyed the family structures of African cultures.

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“Once the family was destabilised, it was easy to take away the culture, because the children had no one to teach them.

“We want to restore families and the structures that will make African societies successful again,” he explains.

He says young black people need to accept the role of amakhosi (chiefs) as they create their own families.

“If we are to do things the right way, it will start with a young man letting the traditional leaders know of his intention to marry.

“Marriage is not just about two people coming together, but it unites families and clans.”

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The chief also believes that most marriages would be successful if proper rituals were observed.

“Contrary to popular belief, the African man is not oppressive.

“The women make many decisions for the family, even as far as choosing a second wife for her husband,” he explains.

He says that patriarchy was introduced by the Europeans.

Inkosi Vazi says traditional leaders exist to serve the community, and people should take full advantage of it.

“We encourage people to allow us the opportunity to assist them.

“Before they can involve the courts or the police.”

He adds that their mission is to keep families together and reach solutions that will benefit all parties involved.

“Even issues of child maintenance or lobola.”

Inkosi Vazi is reachable on email [email protected] or SMS 078 621 6663.

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