Thaba Nchu clan complains about slow government response

Packed City Hall at public hearing of High Level Panel in Bloemfontein. Photo: Cathy Dlodlo

Community members of a traditional clan in Thaba Nchu have been waiting for almost more than two years for an answer from the Free State Provincial government on a conundrum that has been haunting them for decades.

Community representative, Thabiso Nnyane, said to the High Level Panel currently conducting public hearings in Bloemfontein that they want clarity on who should be the legitimate chief of the Barolong-Bo-Seleka Clan.

Today’s hearing forms part of a national programme during which stakeholders and communities can raise their concerns and inputs on several pieces of legislation in addressing challenges such as poverty and unemployment.

Nnyane says his community has been sent from pillar to post when trying to get a hold of the report that follows a commission of inquiry that was set up in November 2014 already. Nnyane says he does not know where the report is and if it is just gathering dust somewhere.

Nnyane says community members have written letters, approached the Law Clinic at the University of the Free State (UFS) as well as the Public Protector in an effort to speed up a resolution, but no one could help.

Meanwhile at first the clan was informed that the report is with Free State Premier and now that the report is with the Commission of Traditional Affairs and they are studying the report and its findings.

Nnyane says they cannot understand how it can take so long as it will be two years in November this year.

Cathy Dlodlo/Courant News