King Goodwill Zwelithini claims that time is running out for the state and the Ingonyama Trust to find common ground in a dispute over land.
AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini says that patience is wearing thin in a dispute between the government and the Ingonyama Trust over land.
Ingonyama administers millions of hectares worth of land in the KwaZulu-Natal province, with the King serving as the sole trustee.
Zwelithini and the state have been at odds over how the land should be put to use, with the monarch commenting:
“We are not only bringing our jackets to the table but we are bringing land, the people and new ways of doing things. I just wish for things to happen. I’ll wait for this house and the KZN government to tell us what and whom it’s bringing to the table and identify a venue for this because time is running out.”
Sihle Zikalal, premier in the region, says that the King and state should join forces and work together to benefit the province's people:
“We will come together as government, traditional leaders, the Ingonyama Trust and the King to look at ways of how we are going to develop KwaZulu-Natal.”
eNCA reports that Zwelithini believes the land should be utilised to ensure food security in South Africa.
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