The Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders came into existence on the 18th October 1996 after the ushering in of the first democratic government that recognized the co-existence of traditional leadership along with legislative bodies. However it becomes imperative to indicate that traditional leadership institutions existed for time immemorial. The Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders is a statutory body established by the Provincial Legislature in 1995 in terms of section 183(1) of the interim Constitution of the Republic of South Africa No. 200 of 1993. Its role and functions were set out in section 183 (b) and (c) and (2). Interim Constitution Act 200 of 1993 was subsequently repealed by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act No. 108 of 1996. The formal instrument establishing the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders is the House of Traditional Leaders Act No. 1 of 1995 as amended.

In terms of this Act the role of the House is to: • Advise, and make proposals to Provincial Government on: •Traditional Institutions •Indigenous Law •Traditions and Customs • Making inputs on Provincial and National Bills pertaining to traditional communities. • Investigate & advise on claims and counter-claims to traditional leadership positions • Ensure co-operation between traditional leadership & the 3 spheres of government

Strategic Goal

An enabling service environment in traditional leadership institutions to improve socio-economic development through integrated support services


The Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders Strives to be a catalyst for excellence in preserving the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and the promotion of culture and customs.


The mission of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders is to achieve its vision by:Developing people centred, effective and efficient traditional leadership institutions that are premised on integrated rural development strategies; Strengthening the mode of service delivery excellence that permeates and resonates with all spheres of traditional leadership institutions; Striving to be a premier par excellence performing traditional leadership institution that serves as a model for the Republic and rural population (people); Excelling in the preservation of traditional norms, heritage and culture practices in the Eastern Cape. Enhancing the observation of human rights, equality for all, moral regeneration and upholding the rule of law, and Allocating targeted financial (capital) resources, tailor-made and dynamic human capital solutions as well as a user-friendly environment for all our peoples.


Our values are people orientated and are based on the Batho Pele Principles. Strategic Objectives To promote sustainable communities by implementing appropriate institutional Systems, good governance and sustainable development in all Traditional Leadership Institutions. To improve the developmental capacity of the Traditional Leadership Institutions

14 Constituencies of the House

Members of the House hail from 14 constituencies throughout the province and within rural communities namely: Alice, Bizana, Dalindyebo, Emboland, Fingoland, Gcaleka, Maluti, Mt. Ayliff, Nyandeni, Qamata, Qaukeni, Sterksruit, Whittlesea, and Mngqeshe.