[LISTEN] The history behind the Ingonyama Act and why it should be repealed

The KwaZulu-Natal Natal House of Traditional Leaders and Amakhosi have written to former president Kgalema Motlanthe, inviting him to explain how a panel he chaired concluded that the Ingonyama Trust Act be repealed.

Traditional leaders met at Durban’s ICC to oppose the transfer of three-million hectares of tribal land controlled by the Ingonyama Trust to the State.

Mary de Haas, the second applicant in an earlier case to have the Act declared unconstitutional, attended the meeting.

She spoke to Bongani Bingwa on the breakfast show to explain why the Act must be repealed, as well as the history behind it.

The point is that it is unconstitutional because it only applies in this province, so it discriminates not just on racial grounds but on ethnic grounds.

Mary de Haas, Violence Monitor and Research Fellow at UKZN School of Law

The context in which this legislation was passed was one of threat of non-participation, violence etc. and then I think at the beginning of the millennium the government made some noises about doing away with it and the IFP then made a huge fuss and said, essentially, no you can't do away with it or else there will be trouble.

Mary de Haas, Violence Monitor and Research Fellow at UKZN School of Law

There were gross abuses by the trust. The trust had given a lease to a traditional leader up north and that lease had been for him to run his own private game lodge, together with various business people, which resulted in people being forcibly removed from their ancestral land.

Mary de Haas, Violence Monitor and Research Fellow at UKZN School of Law

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