Member of Executive Council

Hon. Fikile Xasa

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The mandate of this department is to ensure a Local Government system that is able to respond to the needs of the citizens. This is a onerous mandate requiring our best efforts



FLOWING from the end of term of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL), the process to establish Local Houses of Traditional Leaders (LHTL) in the Province is firmly in place. The assurance was made by the Cogta MEC Fikile Xasa following engagement meetings with key stakeholders affected by the process. The Houses will be stablished in Alfred Nzo, Chris Hani, Amathole, Joe Gqabi, OR Tambo and Buffalo City Metro Municipalities.

MEC Xasa met with members of the former Executive Committee of the EC House of Traditional Leaders, Speakers from District Municipalities, leadership of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA) and Kings in Mthatha and East London recently. The purpose of the sessions was to share information with regard to regulations on the election of members of the Houses.

“We are determined to ensure that the entire process is technically sound and beyond reproach. We want to do things in line with provisions of the law and applicable regulations without fail. The Premier of the Province and myself will act as referees to achieve a free and fair election process,” said MEC Xasa. Continue reading