- The Zulu king has said that his people are prepared to fight and die to keep the land under the Ingonyama Trust
- A panel assembled by the government and overseen by Kgalema Motlanthe are making recommendations that the trust be dissolved and the land given to the government
- The king is preparing a legal defense and is asking his subjects to donate to the cause
In an effort to combat the proposed dissolution of the Ingonyama Trust, Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini has asked his subjects to each donate R5.
Briefly.co.za learned that the king has promised that he would never allow the land to be taken away from the Zulu people and that they are prepared to die to keep the land according to timeslive.co.za.
"Land cannot be removed from the traditional leadership. In fact‚ the land is like the soul of the body of traditional leadership. We will never allow‚ not for one-day ‚ that we are killed by taking our soul. Just like Jerusalem is important to Israel and Palestine‚ and just like Mecca is important to the Muslims‚ the land under Ingonyama Trust is also important to us‚" said the king.
The king's comments come soon after the former president Kgalema Motlanthe proposed to dissolve the trust.
Zwelithini became emotional when he delivered a speech in Pietermaritzburg about the government's plans to take the Zulu land.
"Those who like their king or their land can donate even more. But what I am here to say as I am announcing this‚ is that Vuka Zulu (rise Zulus)."
The king has arranged for a group of lawyers to tackle the land issue on his behalf. Jacob Zuma's home, Nkandla, is located on tribal land which belongs to the Ingonyama Trust.
He has called a mass meeting of Zulu headman next month to discuss the issue.
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