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Africa

Apartheid-era kingdoms to be scrapped

media Jacob Zuma brandishes the South African flag Reuters

In South Africa, a commission on traditional leadership is recommending that six kings and queens lose their jobs.

President Jacob Zuma, who announced today the findings of a commission on traditional leadership in Pretoria, says that "the wrongs of the past" have to be corrected.

The apartheid regime created its own so-called "traditional" leaders at the expense of  chiefs judged to be more authentic.

A commission, set up by Zuma’s predecessor Thabo Mbeki, concluded that South Africa has only seven legitimate kingships.

Zuma says the six others will lose their status on the death of the current incumbents.

He cautioned that this does not mean that the six incumbents collaborated with the apartheid regime.

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