- Zweli Mkhize gave tribal leaders assurance that their land won't be taken by the government
- He agreed that the land issue is an important matter for black South Africans
- Mkhize told traditional leaders that they have nothing to worry about because their land is safe
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Zweli Mkhize, assured traditional leaders that their land is safe.
During an ANC weekend campaign in KZN, Mkhize addressed the very touchy land issue.
TimesLIVE reports the minister also tried to secure the loyalty of traditional leaders for the upcoming 2019 elections.
I want to start with this land issue … we agree that land is a big issue for black people. There is no need to worry about your land because it's safe. There were conversations recently that made the chiefs think their land will be taken. I want to make it clear that it's not the case.
Mkhize continued to say that traditional leaders and the government should work together in the future.
This year we want to encourage a partnership between government and tribal leaders on the issue of farming. We want a programme where in each district we have a centre where people who need help with farming can go.
With this reassurance, the ANC hopes to have KZN votes when the people of South Africa take to the polls next year.
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