- The Zulu king had some strong words for the government over their plans for land expropriation
- He warned that the Zulu people did not want war and that many people would die on both sides if it came to that
- The king was reacting to comments made by former president Kgalema Motlanthe on land expropriation.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has cautioned those who are calling for the expropriation of land under the control of traditional leaders that they are jeopardizing the good relationship that has developed between traditional leaders and government.
Zwelithini was speaking at a circumcision campaign in Durban on Friday and he was reacting to comments made by former president Kgalema Motlanthe.
Motlanthe said that some traditional leaders were behaving like village dictators and urged the ANC to focus on the land tenure rights under traditional leaders.
The Zulu king was dismayed at the comments and responded with a statement while he delivered his speech.
"We are shocked that there are those who are saying the ANC must distance itself from us. They are saying we must stop this good working relationship. They say the government must take our land. They are provoking us. On that matter, I'm saying they must stop it because no one will gain should a war break out. We don't want that, because we know that when there is a war, people from all sides are killed.
"We don't want a war because our grandfathers have been there. As we sit here, we are the products of that fearless generation. We are therefore saying please pray for those of us who are at the forefront," the Zulu king said.
The Ingonyama Trust is under curatorship of the Zulu royal family and consists of 42% of the land in KZN. Under the policy of land expropriation the government has plans on using that land which the king opposes.
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