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Title:Analysis of the relevance of traditional leaders and the evolution of traditional leadership in Zimbabwe: a case study of amaNdebele
Authors:Ndlovu, Mbulisi
Dube, NkosivileISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:Ndebele (Zimbabwe)
traditional rulers
indigenous knowledge
political history
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18186874.2012.699927
Abstract:This article analyses the Ndebele institution of traditional leadership in contemporary Zimbabwe. It traces the pre-colonial Ndebele traditional leadership in order to establish the changes that have occurred as well as their causes. The article highlights the importance of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), especially in leadership, which is highly controversial in Africa. Traditional leadership is the indigenous way of leadership which can, in a good way, influence contemporary governance for the benefit of the people. The article takes an Afrocentric approach with a clear understanding of the dynamism in culture. It then proceeds to reveal the problems (and their causes) within the traditional leadership institution in contemporary Zimbabwe. Finally, the article recommends solutions to the problems. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]