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    Mr Ndletyana comments on SA sovereignty and Mr Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi writes on chieftainship

    Article written by: Mcebisi Ndletyana and Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi, Sunday Independent | Date published:19 May  2013

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    Our sovereignty is slowly slipping away- Mr Mcebisi Ndletyana
     
    Ever watched the movie, The Manchurian Candidate? It’s a 2004 thriller that illuminates the insidious influence of American business on politics. In this case, a private firm, Manchurian Global, plots to go beyond merely influencing policies through politicians, whose campaigns it funds, by usurping the American presidency itself.
     
    Their intended usurper is Raymond Shaw (played by Liev Schreiber), whose rise they fund from a two-term congressman right up to deputy president. A former soldier turned-politician, Shaw rises on account of him being a war hero. He was awarded a presidential Medal of Honour for his exploits in battle. Faced with the threat of terrorism, voters see him as the right person to protect America.
     
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    History shows chieftainship can still play a meaningful role- Mr Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi
    One of the issues that has featured prominently in our public discourse since the mid-1990s is the question of whether traditional leadership (or chieftainship) – given its history – is still relevant in democratic South Africa. Some have questioned whether traditional leadership and democracy can coexist or are reconcilable.
     
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