ANC accused of plans to steal land from Zulu nation

By Celani Sikhakhane

The Zulu nation’s land struggle has returned to the spotlight after traditional Prime Minister Thulasizwe Buthelezi revealed that the ANC is planning to strip the monarchy of land powers in the Ingonyama Trust.

Buthelezi spoke on Thursday before the matter was heard in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday.

He said the ANC, through the Minister of Agrarian Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, wants to take away traditional leaders’ powers to sign the Permit to Occupy (PTO) land. A PTO provides confirmation, in writing, that the land being occupied was legally assigned to the occupant.

“The Minister is currently taking the Ingonyama Trust to court over this matter,” Buthelezi said.

“Another attempt to undermine rural communities and the traditional leadership structure in KZN is that as of today the House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership have not convened, while other provinces have officially opened their houses.”

He said in KwaZulu-Natal they don’t want to do that until the election simply because they fear the king might expose their plot over the land of the Zulu nation.

It is also alleged that the provincial government, through the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, is planning to reduce land owned by rural families.

Instead, they want each family to own only the garden, not the ancestral land outside the garden.

Rural communities in KZN own hectares of land which they have used to expand family building zones or for agricultural purposes, including burials.

Didiza has denied these allegations and claims that the traditional prime minister is misleading the public.

He said he cannot be directly involved in the operation of Ingonyama Trust and its land.

The fight over the Ingonyama Trust lands began during the time of the late King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, who even threatened to call a war over them.

The threats were made after former vice president Kgalema Mothlanthe released his panel’s report suggesting the Ingonyama Trust should be scrapped.

The ANC Youth League is also calling for Ingonyama Trust land to be removed as they claim Zulus should not be treated as VIPs within South Africa.

Pictured above: Minister of Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza has rejected claims that they want to steal the land of the Zulu nation.

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