Mandela: Unfair for state to splurge on Zulu king but not others

Mandela: Unfair for state to splurge on Zulu king but not others

- Mandla Mandela has called for equal treatment of kings and queens

- He has complained that taxpayers' money is spent on the Zulu king but not on other monarchs

- Mandela was referring to government spending on the Ingonyama Trust

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ANC MP Mandla Mandela says that it is unfair that government spends millions on the Ingonyama Trust for the Zulu kingdom, but does not do the same for other kingdoms.

Mandela demanded that the state provide equal treatment to all kings and queens in the country. 

"Let us ensure that all kings and queens of our land are treated equally as far as the transaction of taxpayer funds is concerned," Mandela said.

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Mandela, who is also the chairman of the portfolio committee on rural development and land reform, made the statement on on Tuesday during a budget vote debate, has gathered.

According to Sowetan Live, Mandela is unhappy with the law, which allocates taxpayers' money toward the Zulu kingdom's Ingonyama Trust without providing similar support to other monarchs. 

He says that government spends R20 million a year on the trust. The Ingonyama Trust covers massive tracts of land, for which Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini is the sole trustee.

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As a solution, Mandela proposes that other trusts be established for other traditional leaders. Mandela himself is a traditional leader, but it appears that he only wants funds set aside for those recognised as kings and queens.

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