Explainer: Why the Zulu king wants other Zulus' land for himself

Explainer: Why the Zulu king wants other Zulus' land for himself

- 5 Communities thought they would finally get back the land they were evicted from years ago

- The government would be buying the 11 000 hectares of land from the current farm owners and return it to the communities

- However, King Zwelithini claims the land should be given to the Ingonyama Trust because the communities are 'subjects' of the Zulus

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King Goodwill Zwelithini wants to take land worth about R3 billion from 5 communities who have been fighting for it for decades.

The communities were evicted from the land but have been in a decades-long land claim battle to get it back.

The owners of farms on the land agreed to sell the land to the government so it can be returned to the communities.

But just when it looked like things are going their way, the Zulu king came and said he wants the land.

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Why would King Zwelithini want the land?

Well, it's simple. King Zwelithini wants the land to be added to the land that already belongs to the Ingonyama Trust. The king says the communities are his 'subject' and any land they get will belong to him and the Zulus.

The land won't be used for anything specific, it will be added to the roughly 2.8 million hectares of land already owned and controlled by the king and the Ingonyama Trust.

According to the complaint by the king, the communities moved onto land that belongs to the Ingonyama Trust and so became subjects of the Zulus.

The 30 farm owners will sell about 11 000 hectares of land yo the government for R760 million and it will then be awarded to the communities. Unless the king's claim is granted, that is.

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BusinessTech reports the government is willing to buy the land and the communities were ready to take what they feel is rightfully theirs.

The communities have fought back, saying they are not Zulu subjects just because the lived on land belonging to them.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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