KZN Premier and Zulu King in agreement against ANC Land Reform

KZN Premier and Zulu King in agreement against ANC Land Reform

- KZN premier, Willies Mchunu has sided with King Goodwill Zwelithini in dismissing the ANC plans of land reform

- The ANC has recommended that the Ingonyama Trust be repealed

- The King has called on Zulus to defend their land which is held under the trust

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KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has promised that the province will not support any attempts to scrap the Ingonyama Trust.

During his state of the province address at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday‚ Mchunu said KZN would not undermine traditional leaders and the Ingonyama Trust on the land issue.

"We wish to make it clear that we will never support any recommendations aimed at undermining the role of our traditional leaders on land issues‚ including the Ingonyama Trust‚" he said. gathered Mchunu's comments were a response to the panel led by Kgalema Mothlanthe that the Ingonyama Trust Act be repealed or amended.

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The Ingonyama Trust administers 2.8 hectares of land in the province on behalf of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini‚ who is its sole trustee.

The future of the trust now rests on the panel, which has angered the Zulu monarch.

The creator of the Ingonyama Trust Act, IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi; and traditional leaders, are also up in arms over the panel's recommendations.

Mchunu said the province would have to engage the minister of rural development and land reform on matters relating to KZN. He added that the province was deeply affected by the decision, and would need to find solutions to the issue.

Mchunu added that the province will hold a land summit this year to engage relevant stakeholders and roleplayers on matters of land management and land utilisation.

Mchunu's remarks on the Ingonyama Trust follows King Zwelithini's call on Tuesday for Zulus to rise and defend their land from being taken away from them.

In an emotional speech at the official opening of the KZN legislature‚ the Zulu monarch described the land as the "soul" of traditional leadership and vowed they will defend it all costs.

He said he will be assembling a team of retired judges to take Mothlanthe's panel head-on in a bid to defend the land under the trust.

The king also implored all Zulus to donate R5 or more to help him mount the legal challenge "as this was not his battle alone but for everyone who lives under the Ingonyama Trust land."

A mass meeting of izninduna (headmen) is also scheduled for next month to discuss this issue and this will be followed by a series of community meetings.

The king said the issue of Ingonyama Trust must be resolved once and for all this year to avoid Zulus taking up arms to defend what is rightfully theirs.

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