Integrating Traditional Leaders in the Modern System of Governance

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Case Reports - (2020) Volume 8, Issue 5

Integrating Traditional Leaders in the Modern System of Governance

Phindi Patronella Tlou*
*Correspondence: Phindi Patronella Tlou, Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa, Email:

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A Traditional leader and his community are able to improve local economic development without relying on government to build infrastructure for rural areas. The aim of the study was to highlight that traditional leaders have important role in their communities and are also relevant in the modern system of governance. This is demonstrated clearly in the case study that was conducted in Kwa Zulu Natal in the Traditional Council of Qwabe/ Enkanini. Empirical research was done using questionnaires as scientific methodology to collect data. The findings of the study were that a Traditional leader and his community were able to sit together and identified the opportunities and challenges for development in their area using community engagement meetings. The traditional leader appointed headmen to work with the community members to farm identified crops, build schools and build recreation center in Qwabe/Enkanini. With all the profits the Traditional leader was able to send community members to high learning institutions and also create work for the community members.


Traditional leader; Community engagement; Modern system; Traditional Council


The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that traditional leaders are able to fast track service delivery in rural areas. The study focuses on Qwabe/Enkanini Traditional Council (TC) as a case study to demonstrate the significance of traditional leaders in advancing services. The case study focuses on the work of the traditional leader and the community, identify the success story and challenges that face the implementation of the projects in the rural area and identifies the necessary actions that the community and traditional leader undertaken to address issues.

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Phindi Patronella Tlou*
Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

Citation: Phindi P.T (2020) Integrating Traditional Leaders in the Modern System of Governance. Anthropology 8:219. doi-10.35248/2332-0915.20.8.219

Received Date: Sep 30, 2020 / Accepted Date: Oct 14, 2020 / Published Date: Oct 19, 2020

Copyright: © 2020 Phindi P.T. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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