The Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa – CONTRALESA, Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana has been elected at the new chairperson of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL).
Nkosi Nonkonyana, Ah! Zanemvula, won this seat which has just been vacated by Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Mathanzima by 19 votes, while his opponent Nkosi Thanduxolo Magadla got a very close 18 votes in a hot contested election at the chambers in Bhisho. The total number of members of the House of Traditional Leaders in 38, and one of the votes was spoilt. Nkosi Thanduxolo Magadla is currently the chairperson of Contralesa in Matatiele is a leader under amaHlubi.
Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana is a seasoned leader who will be taking over another seasoned leader, Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Mathanzima, who has been the leader of this house for the past 10 years. Nkosi Nonkonyana is the founding chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders in Bhisho and served one term at its inception in 1996. He is also seasoned football administrator as he is the former vice-president of SAFA – the South African Football Association and is also former ANC MP. He is most importantly the leader of amaBhala Traditional Council in Siphaqeni (Flagstaff) under amaMpondo Kingdom. AmaBhala seem to trace their history to a leader of amaMpondo known as Bhala kaGangatha, who lived about 400 years ago. Bhala kaGangatha had many children from his various houses. From his Great-House, he fathered Chithwayo, the father of Ndayeni who in turn is the father of Thahla. Thahla kaNdayeni is the father of Nyawuza. Nyawuza gave his name to the Royal clan of amaMpondo known as amaNyawuza. Nyawuza is the father of Ngqungqushe who married MaMngcambe (Nkulu) from the Mpondomise Kingdom and gave birth to the very popular leader of amaMpondo, Faku kaNgqungqushe.
From one of Bhala kaGangatha’s other houses, it appears that another clan was born, which came to be known as amaBhala, from which Nkosi Nonkonyana comes from.
Well, back to the elections. The Deputy Chairperson position was contested by Nkosi Langa Mavuso, Ah! Zwelidumile, of amaBhele aseLenge in Dikeni (Alice) and Nkosi Mnoneleli Ranuga. Nkosi Ranuga is of the Hola House of amaMpondomise and the Eastern Cape Contralesa provincial treasurer. Nkosi Mavuso on the other hand is currently the deputy chairman of Contralesa EC and is a senior traditional leader of amaBhele in Dikeni (Alice) and was the incumbent in this position. Nkosi Langa Mavuso, Ah! Zwelidumile, was re-elected by 8 votes and is the incoming Deputy Chairperson of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders.
The recently installed leader of amaJalamba Traditional Council, Nkosi Vuyani Gwebindlala, Ah! Zwelikhanyile, of amaBomvana, got an overwhelming 34 votes of the available 38 and became a new leader of the House. He is a well-known lawyer with offices in Mthatha. He recently took over the leadership of amaJalamba Traditional Council and was installed by King Zwelonke Sigcawu of the Kingdom of amaXhosa in a very colourful ceremony in July this year, 2017.
Nkosi Xolile Ndevu of Imiganu Traditional Council was elected to represent the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL) in the National House of Traditional Leaders.
Other newly elected traditional leaders are Nkosi Ntandoyesizwe Ndamase, Ah! Zweloxolo, Of Mabalengwe Traditional Council in Libode under the Kingdom of amaMpondo, Nkosikazi Nokhaya Makaula of amaBhaca and Nkosikazi Nokwandiso Kama of amaGqunukhwebe.
The Eastern Cape Contralesa Youth Wing recently issued a statement congratulating the newly elected leaders of the ECHTL, and it reads:
Contralesa Youth Wing Eastern Cape would like to congratulate the newly elected leaders of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders.
1) The House Chair, Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana (Zanemvula!!!) Of AmaBhala Traditional Council in Flagstaff
2) The Deputy House Chair, Nkosi Langa Mavuso(Aaah Zwelidumile) of AmaBhele aseLenge in Alice
3) Nkosi Vuyani Gwebindlala (Aah Zwelikhanyile!!!) Of AmaJalamba Traditional Council in Xhorha
4)Nkosi Ntandoyesizwe Ndamase (Zweloxolo!!) Of Mabalengwe Traditional Council in Libode
5) Nkosikazi Nokhaya Makaula of AmaBhaca
6) Nkosikazi Nokwandiso Kama of AmaGqunukhwebe.
We are extremely delighted by the news of your election Your Royal Highnesses. We are certain that under your great leadership, wisdom and guidance, the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders will strive to much greater heights and achievements.
Allow us once again to reiterate our most sincere congratulations on your election.
Yours in Traditional Leadership
Contralesa Youth Wing Eastern Cape
Chairperson : Prince Ntsindiso Mdunyelwa (Ah Melisizwe) 0736665107
Secretary : Prince MaXhos’ Andile Gqitani (Aah Gcinubuzwe!!) 0630895107
Media & Communications Officer : Prince Abongile Ngozi (Aah Zwelithobile!!!) 0732483381
Written by Hlathi – Sbu Jali Tsipa