Traditional leaders vital to nation building

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma says traditional leaders have an important role to play in nation building in the country.

The President was responding during the debate on his Annual Address to the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) on Thursday at the Tshwane Council Chambers in Pretoria.

As South Africa marks Freedom Month in April, the President said while it was everyone’s responsibility to build a vibrant democracy, traditional leaders were particularly important, as they are close to the people.

“…It is a matter that we should all work together to build our nation. We need to correctively and collectively identify the things that need to be promoted among us,” said President Zuma.

The President said it was important to identify the issues in the country and find ways to deal with them.

President Zuma said building a nation is a continuous process that must move from generation to generation. He said ubuntu must be a way of life in South Africa to restore dignity in society. –

Annual Address to the House of National Tradtional Leaders