- Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has accused the ANC-led government of ‘walking in the shadow of the apartheid-era government’
- He said the government was attempting to seize vast pieces of land owned by the Zulu’s and the Zulu King
- Buthelezi said the current situation was evocative of the apartheid regime’s seizure of the Ingwavuma area
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi has accused the ANC led- government of ‘walking in the shadow of the apartheid state’. He accused the current government of attempting to seize vast tracks of land which is currently owned by traditional Zulu leaders and people.
Buthelezi said the ANC-led government’s current tactics were evocative of the apartheid regime’s seizure of the Ingwavuma area which was later given as a gift to the King of Swaziland. He added that that gift was made without consulting or gaining the permission of the Zulu's.
Buthelezi lashed out at the current government for failing to provide clairity and direction to traditional leaders in terms of their Constitutional roles within the communities and said the government treated traditional leaders as if they were morons.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Buthelezi-a Zulu prince- made the comments on Wednesday. He was speaking at an imbizo called by King Goodwill Zwelithini in Ulundi to discuss the challenges and what the king sees as attacks by the government on the Ingonyama Trust.
King Zwelithini and other Zulu leaders have been outraged by reports that a panel called for the Ingonyama Trust Act of 1994 to be repealed and for the trust to be liquidated.
This would lead to the land currently being administered by the trust to be transferred to government control, although no other details of the proposal have been made public.
Last week BLF leader Andile Mngxitima lashed out at the idea and accused those wanting to destroy the trust of being jelous of the Zulu king and the respect he had among his people.
The trust is a entity under the direct control of the Zulu king and is responsible for administering all of the land which is traditionally owned by the Zulu nation.
Critics of the trust say it is nothing more than a burden on poor black farmers who have to pay a yearly administration fee to the trust, this fee increases each year and is non-negotiable.
Wednesday was also the day on which the Zulu's commemorates the torching of King Cetshwayo’s palace by British soldiers in 1879.
Buthelezi said King Zwelithini had chosen this date to hold the imbizo specifically because of its historic significance and because a threat was once again on the horizon.
Buthelezi said scrapping the trust would be a huge mistake and the first step in taking power away from traditional leaders which would lead to a decline in historical traditions.
He added that the Zulu’s would take the matter to court if it came to that, but Buthelezi denied the Zulu's were preparing to wage a war on the government.
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