Ingonyama Trust to make formal submission at land expropriation hearings

DURBAN-  Nearly one million written submissions have been received.

A delegation from the committee will host public hearings in KwaZulu-Natal from 18 to 21 July at four locations around the province.

Ngwenya’s commitment comes just a day after King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu held an Imbizo in Ulundi to discuss Zulu tribal land currently controlled by the trust, of which the king is the sole trustee and has made it clear the land will not be expropriated.

The king has had support from traditional leaders, loyalists, several politicians and representatives from several civil society movements attended the event all affirming his ownership of the land.

Speaking in isiZulu, King Zwelithini said the Zulu nation inherited the land from their ancestors and any attempt to strip them of their ownership would be an insult to the ancestors. \

In November 2017, a report was released titled the “High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change” has added fuel to the debate surrounding the Trust.

However the 600-page report did not only address land, but made recommendations on all legislation adopted since the African National Congress (ANC) came into power.

The report headed by former president Kgalema Motlanthe, sections on the land issue with recommended that, “the Ingonyama Trust Act be repealed, or substantially amended, to protect existing customary land rights”.

The Act, which gives effect to the trust, pushed through the 1994 elections to secure the involvement of the Inkatha Freedom Party in the country’s first democratic election.

Before in the past the KwaZulu Government had previously administered the same land, the body does nit exist anymore.

According to the Clans, the Ingonyama Trust owns about 29.67% of mostly deep rural land in the KwaZulu-Natal province that is administered by traditional leaders, under the king’s authority, according to clans.

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