Dzumeri tax over ballooned!

Photo by Angie Nkuna.  

By Angie Nkuna

GIYANI- Dozen of residents across the 18 villages under the leadership of Chief Wilson Divila Mabunda in Dzumeri Tribal Authority outside the town of Giyani have been left in a tongue tied situation after their yearly tax has increased by 100% allegedly without proper engagement with concerned residents.

Concerned residents believe that they weren’t engaged properly before the decision was enforced by the Dzumeri Tribal Council recently.

This has emerged after Chief Dzumeri instructed his village head men that all 18 villages under his leadership from January, 2019 the tax will go up from R50 to R100 per household.

Some of the residents who spoke to Giyani View Newspaper highlighted that out of about ten monthly rentals in the Dzumeri area the monies should be providing enough services for the tribal authority to function.

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Giyani View has learned that villages such as Maphata, Bambeni, Ndhambi, N’wa- Marhanga, Phanghane are amongst the ten villages that are contributing every month to Dzumeri Trust Account through rentals ranging from MTN, Cell C Ariels, Khato civils and farms.

Meanwhile, out of R38, 942, 397.00 land settlement for Dzumeri Community at least R10, 311, 150.94 has allegedly been held open for development purposes.

It’s alleged that In 2016 at least 351 individual households in Dzumeri have been compensated R110, 947.00 each. Research conducted by the office of the regional land claims commissioner established that the Dzumeri Community occupied the farms Xamfana, Mbebule and Jokweni.

The land claim by Dzumeri Community was published on Notice No 734 in Government Gazette No. 31130 on the 13th June 2008. The Dzumeri Community consists of 351 households.

Provincial spokesperson Avhashoni Magada says the actual disposition of the community was gradual between 1967 and 1968. A certain Mr Stander from Duiwelskloof a government official ordered the removal of the community. The Dzumeri Tribal Council wasn’t reached for a comment at the time of going to press.



  1. I am currently doing my postgraduate research that relate to this issues. Research topic is Politics and Governance of towns and villages: The case of Giyani town and surrounding villages. its interesting how traditional leaders and democratically elected politicians tends to have different views on how they govern rural areas. This is so, because of the the boundaries that do not correlate and continue to exists within villages which are ward boundaries and traditional jurisdiction.

    Ward Councillors tends to have the upper edge than traditional leaders. This is so, because Councillors have economic capital that they receive from the government while traditional leaders tends to find their own ways to collect funds, for example, Dzumeri Tribal Authority collects funds in the form of tax from residents. For residents, it is odd but from my view, I can equate that to what happens in urban areas, whereby municipalities collects rates from households.

    So my research is focusing on such issues and its effect on service delivery. So if possible and you do not mind you can share your findings. For me I believe rural research will create awareness to many rural residents when it comes to participatory processes.

    1. I understand that traditional leaders (chiefs and headmen) also receive monthly salaries from the department of Co- opearative

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