Traditional Leadership and Governance in Africa

  • RN Ndlela
  • JM Green
  • PS Reddy


Internationally, many countries are still grappling with the role and contribution of traditional leaders in governance, despite having ushered in a democratic dispensation. Some African countries have demonstrated that the aspirations of traditional structures can be reconciled quite effectively with those of government. They could cooperate and work in collaboration with each other positively for common good. This paper critiques traditional leadership and governance on the African continent, focusing on, among others, structures, historical perspectives, as well as their role in land
allocation. In order to gain more insight