Parliament backs a recommendation to scrap the Ingonyama Trust board

Parliament backs a recommendation to scrap the Ingonyama Trust board

- Mandla Mandela has backed a presidential panel report recommending that the Ingonyama Trust board be scrapped

- The panel was established by Cyril Ramaphosa to look into the trust

- Mandela has previously said that it is unfair that the state spends R20 million a year on the trust while providing little to no funds for other monarchs

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Mandla Mandela, chair of Parliament's agriculture and land reform portfolio committee, has thrown his support behind a proposal to get rid of the Ingonyama Trust board. 

The proposal was put forward by the presidential advisory panel on land reform and agriculture.

The Ingonyama Trust act established the board in 1994 to control extensive tracts of land in KwaZulu-Natal on behalf of Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelitihini.

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The presidential advisory panel was formed by Cyril Ramaphosa in order to look into the trust, Briefly.co.za has gathered. The panel has since suggested that the Ingonyama Trust act should be repealed, according to the Mail & Guardian.

Zwelitithini and other traditional leaders have opposed this suggestion, however. Zwelithini has railed against proposals to scrap the trust in the past and is likely to hit back at the panel's report during his address at the Umkhosi Wesivivane ceremony over the weekend.

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The report now has a champion in Parliament in Mandla Mandela. Mandela has complained previously about what he sees as the special treatment of the Zulu royal household by government. 

He says is unfair that the state spends R20 million a year on the Ingonyama Trust but provides little to no funding for other monarchs.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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