Over ballooned Dzumeri tax burden commence this January 

Dzumeri Traditional Council. Image/ Blessing Mabunda.

By Angie Nkuna

Giyani- The Dzumeri Traditional Council has been perceived as one of the most controversial traditional council around the Mopani District.

Our ongoing investigations in the Traditional Council have found that they’re more than enough monthly rentals, which bring much revenue into the greedy Dzumeri Trust Account.

According to our source, the Trust Account thus far hasn’t benefited any of the 18 Dzumeri villages which left a dozen of residents across the 18 villages under the leadership of Chief Wilson Divila Mabunda in the outskirts of Giyani incensed beyond anger after their yearly tax increment saw the levies skyrocketed by 100% allegedly without proper consultations and engagement with concerned residents.

Concerned residents believe that they were not engaged properly before the decision was enforced by the Dzumeri Traditional Council.

This has emerged after Chief Dzumeri instructed his village head men that all the 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 highlighted that out of about ten monthly rentals in the Dzumeri area the monies should be providing enough services for the traditional council to function.

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, Khatu 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 up 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 then said 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 Traditional Council was not reached for a comment at the time of going to press.