- The SACP has broken ranks with its alliance partner the ANC over the contentious Ingonyama Trust issue
- The SACP has now openly called for the Trust to be broken up and replaced by a democratic land-ownership model
- The ANC recently said it would not seek to expropriate the 13% of land owned by traditional leaders in the country
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The South African Communist Party (SACP) has publicly broken ranks with its alliance partner the African National Congress (ANC) over the highly charged Ingonyama Trust issue. The SACP has openly called for the Trust to be broken up and replaced by a democratic land-ownership model.
The SACP’s call stands in stark contrast to the ANC’s recent pronouncement that it would not seek to expropriate the estimated 13% of land which is owned by traditional leaders in South Africa.
The SACP said it had come to the conclusion that the Ingonyama Trust was failing in its stated mission to uplift and improve the lives of the people living off the land. The SACP’s Phumlani Mthembu said the party had learned of wide-spread unhappiness by people living on land owned by the Trust.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Phumlani said his party had found multiple instances of fraud within the Ingonyama Trust. He said those who were meant to benefit from the Trust’s services were actually left hungry.
Phumlani pointed out that those living on the land had become increasingly discontent because they did not have any sense of security over the land which the lived and often worked on. He said those living on the land owned by the Trust were issued with a ‘Permission to Occupy’ document.
This document provides little to no security for the families on the land because the Trust has the authority to evict anyone from its land at any time for any reason.
Phumlani said the Zulu King could alleviate much of this uncertainty by listening to the calls of his people and negotiation with the Trust's board and the leaders of KwaZulu-Natal to secure a better deal for those working on the land.
TimesLive.co.za reported that the ANC said it would continue to engage and consult with traditional leaders around the country about finding the best way to move forward with the contentious land ownership issue.
The ruling party seemed to chastise its alliance partner when it said that now was not the right time to deal with land tenure rights and that issue could and would be given its own due attention when the time came. The ANC said the current process was about establishing whether or not to amend the the Constitution.
The ruling party will (along with all other interested stakeholders) make its submissions to the KwaZulu-Natal leg of the public hearings by Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee, which is tasked with establishing whether the Constitution should be amended to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
Public hearings in KwaZulu-Natal are scheduled to start on Wednesday and will conclude on Saturday. Officials are expecting some heated debates after the recent debates around the future of the Ingonyama Trust.
Public hearings have taken place across other parts in the country and in one instance EFF leader Julius Malema and Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota had to be separated by security officers at a hearing in Limpopo.
The leaders got into a headed debate about the process at the meeting and very nearly came to blows. Lekota has been the most vocal opponent of amending the Constitution and has repeatedly said the Constitution as it was now gave the government enough scope to enact land reforms.
Lekota recently said the government should not touch the Zulu King's land but rather allow the King to show his generosity by giving the land (and accompanying title deeds) to his subjects.
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