- The Zulu king has thrown down the gauntlet and issued the government with an ultimatum over plans to dissolve the Ingonyama Trust
- A high-level panel chaired by former president Kgalema Motlanthe found that the trust was unconsitutional
- The trust currently holds three-million hectares in its care with the king as the sole trustee
The Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, has issued an ultimatum to the government over plans to redistribute the three million hectares of land which are owned by the Ingonyama Trust.
Zwelithini spoke during the opening of the traditional parliament in Ulundi on Tuesday. He again voiced his disapproval of the high-level panel chaired by Kgalema Motlanthe which found that the Ingonyama Trust was unconstitutional and must be dissolved.
Beiefly.co.za learned that the ultimatum issued by the king called for the government to finalise the issue. If the panel's recommendations are accepted the three million hectares of land will be transferred to the state according to iol.co.za.
The king disagreed with the panel and argued that the land belonged to the Zulu people and is an inheritance from their forefathers. Along with the ultimatum, he urged Zulu people to donate R5 to help fund the legal challenge to the government's plans.
“Government must be forced to finish this and never mention it again,” he said.
Zwelithini said that those that wished to take the land from the Zulu nation must be prepared to put up a fight.
“No one can give their land away. Why is it being taken, from who to whom, because we are here living on it?” he asked.
An urgent meeting with the amakhosi has been called to plan a way forward. The king also announced the banking details for people who wish to donate and said that some overseas people are also looking to donate.
He warned the people not to be distracted by reports in the media and it was just the government's way of trying to break their unity which is seen as a threat.
“We are not opposed to rural people having a right to own their land but we believe this can be done without taking away the right of traditional leaders as custodians of land in rural areas,” MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Sihle Zikalala said.
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