MEC promises chiefs medical aid, pensions

March 3, 2011

by Mlungisi Gumede

Traditional leaders would be provided with medical and pension fund benefits in the future, corporate governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube told amakhosi (chiefs) at a ­meeting in Durban on Tuesday.

“We have spoken to Gems (Government Employees ­Medical Scheme) and Parmed (Parliamentary and Provincial Medical Aid Scheme) in order to see who can provide amakhosi with medical aid,” Dube said.

The move has been welcomed but some called for car allowances and even suggested that their areas should be levied.

The MEC used the gathering to urge amakhosi to ensure and promote peace in their areas ahead of the local government elections.

“We have also always agreed that amakhosi are above party politics and they should play a role of being peace makers.

“We expect that election campaigns must be conducted smoothly without animosity so as to allow our people the freedom to vote for a party of their choice. The days of political intolerance are gone.

“No one among our people ­anywhere in our beautiful ­province would want to return to our dark past of political ­violence.”

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