- Votani Majola claims that AbaThembu were the first to arrive in South Africa
- The self-proclaimed Emperor Thembu has submitted a land claim for the entire country
- Parliament has promised to respond to this claim, submitted in the form of a petition
Votani Majola, or Emperor Thembu II, has submitted a land claim not for one property, but the entire country.
The Thembuland Royal Empire put forward a petition, claiming that AbaThembu were the first people to arrive in South Africa over 2 300 years ago.
Majola says he represents AbaThembu people from across the country in the bid to have their land returned.
TimesLIVE reports that Parliament's select committee on petitions vowed to respond to this claim, with Majola and other stakeholders invited to provide input before a report is compiled. The National Council of Provinces will then debate the tabled report.
Chairperson Zukiswa Ncitha confirmed that the committee had adequately processed the petition, with a response expected soon:
“We have looked at all the issues and found out that at the crust of the petition is the issue of land, but also without undermining the issues of housing, public works and complaints about the Eastern Cape office of the premier, which he also raises and a number of political dissatisfaction and complaints."
Majola submitted that historical, heritage, traditional and cultural factors had informed his claim on all nine provinces.
However, Ncitha says the current land reform process has hindered any action for no
“As soon as the National Assembly completes that process, we will be able to respond to the petitioner. We will communicate that to the petitioner and respond to the other matters."
Briefly.co.za reported that the public was encouraged to comment on the proposed amendments to the Constitution, allowing for land expropriation without compensation.
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