It is important to recognise that the debate about land, though difficult, is essential for the development of firm socioeconomic structures for all South Africans. Yet we must also examine the quality of our leaders and study their narratives to see whether their interests align with the rostrums of democracy on which they so proudly stand. Looking to two traditional communities that hold a prominent position, we must deliberate as to how the leadership styles of each has resulted in the prosperity of one - the Royal Bafokeng Nation - and the increasing poverty of the other - the Zulu nation. With visionary and democratic leadership, King Leruo Molotlegi of the Royal Bafokeng Nation has promoted the socioeconomic wellbeing of his community by championing relevance and innovation. The ethos of the Royal Bafokeng Nation is channelled by the responsibility to serve the community of 150 000 people living in 29 villages on 1 200km2 of land in North West. The Royal Bafokeng Nation has ge...

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