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Title:Succession to Bukhosi among the Swazi of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Author:Vorster, L.P.
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Geographic term:South Africa
traditional rulers
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The institution of 'bukhosi' (traditional leadership on the central level) is recognized in the South African Constitution. The authors argue that such recognition also implies the recognition of customary mechanisms to maintain and uphold the institution. They focus on Swazi practices of succession to traditional leadership. The Swazi practices differ somewhat from those of other Bantu-speaking people of South Africa in that they are not based on the principle of primogeniture, implying that the first-born son of a wife does not automatically succeed to his father's position. After the death of a traditional leader the family council of the ruling family selects a son of one of his wives as successor. Factors that are considered in the selection process include the position of wives and the manner in which they have joined the ruling family, and also personal characteristics of the sons. Bibliogr., sum. in Afrikaans and English.