- Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has announced a surprising partnership with civil rights group AfriForum
- Zwelithini said the partnership aimed to promote agriculture and food security on Zulu-owned land
- The King has asked President Ramaphosa to indemnify all the land which belongs to the Ingonyama Trust from land reform
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has announced a surprising partnership with Afrikaans civil rights and lobbying group AfriForum. Zwelithini said the partnership would aim to increase agricultural productivity on Zulu-owned land which would lead to greater food security in the country.
The King said he wanted the Zulu nation to not only survive but also to thrive and the key to that was increasing food security. He said AfriForum had introduced themselves to him after he requested a meeting with the group. Zwelithini said AfriForum had proved more than willing to share their knowledge with him and the Zulu people.
Zwelithini said it was important to tap the knowledge which the Boers had about agriculture and warned that if they decided to stop producing food in protest against the government’s proposed land expropriation without compensation the country would face the serious threat of a famine.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Zwelithini has made no secret of his opposition to the government’s proposed land reform policy which could introduce the highly-controversial land expropriation without compensation policy.
AfriForum is another well-documented opponent of the policy.
Zwelithini has in the past beaten the drums of war and threatened the government with extreme measures to protect the nearly three million acres of land owned by the King through the Ingonyama Trust.
eNCA.com reported that the King has been accused of using land reform as an election topic by urging his followers to turn their backs on the ANC. The thinking is these threats will send a clear message to the government to indemnify all land owned by the Ingonyama Trust from land reform.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that Zwelithini called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to come to the Royal Palace and give him written assurances that no Zulu-owned land would be touched by the proposed land expropriation policy.
The King said it was his duty as ruler of the Zulu nation to protect the rights, interests and property of his people. He holds no official power from a legal perspective but commands the loyalty of millions of South Africans.
Ramaphosa will be wary to lose the support of the King going into the 2019 elections which some experts believe could see the ANC lose its Parliamentary majority, although most observers believe the ANC will remain in power.
The King has repeatedly warned the Zulu’s would do anything and everything within their means to protect their land from the government. Ramaphosa has stuck to his guns, promising any and all land reforms would take place under the terms of the Constitution and would not threaten food security or other sectors of the economy.
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