- Discontent has emerged from traditional leaders over the way King Goodwill Zwelithini has administered the Ingonyama Trust
- The trust generates in excess of R90 million in revenue and its believed the beneficiary is the King who is the sole trustee
- Inkosi are approaching the courts to seek clarity on the King's power and land ownership pattern which is under their jurisdiction.
Traditional leadership in KZN is seriously discontented over the activities of the Ingonyama Trust whose sole custodian is King Goodwill Zwelithini. The trust administers some 2,8 million hectares of land which translates to about 30% of the land in the province. Briefly.co.za learnt that the chiefs resolved to seek legal recourse after meeting at a special Imbizo to get clarity on how the land under their jurisdiction is not benefiting them or their people but only benefiting the King and the Ingonyama Trust.
Problems affecting the trust are set to mount with criticism coming from all quarters. According to the Times Live the South African Communist Party has broken ranks with ANC over the issue calling for the dissolution of the trust. This follows recommendations also made by a a high panel committee led by former President Kgalema Motlanthe which recommended the dissolution of the Ingonyama Act upon which the trust is based.
President Ramaphosa's government has moved into allay fears that the lands of the trust will not be sequestrated. Allegations of rampant corruption and controversial dealings in the Trust continue to surface. Theparliamentary committee on Rural Development and Land Reform is set to challenge the trust on its action to convert their Permission To Occupy (PTO) rights and customary land rights to leasehold.
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