KZN Contralesa: If iNgonyama Trust is dissolved it will lead to violence

On Wednesday, thousands of the Zulu nation's descendants gathered in Ulundi for a land imbizo called by King Goodwill Zwelithini.

At the centre of the imbizo was the Ingonyama Trust and the Land Expropriation Bill. The Trust is traditional tribal land under his custodianship which a commission led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe recommended that it be dissolved.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, National coordinator of Tshintsha Amakhaya Sithandiwe Yeni says he conducted research in Melmoth and other areas, and found people lives are being threatened.

What we fpund in Makhasaneni is that people just woke up one day and saw trucks and people drilling in their backyards and their fields and when they asked the head man what was going on, he also didn't know.

Sithandiwe Yeni, National coordinator of Tshintsha Amakhaya

The chief said he did permit the mining companies to come and explore and people were furious.

Sithandiwe Yeni, National coordinator of Tshintsha Amakhaya

People's fields were destroyed; livestock died because through the exploring chemicals were used and it destroyed the water and the kattle drank the water.

Sithandiwe Yeni, National coordinator of Tshintsha Amakhaya

READ: Thousands attend Zulu King's Imbizo

However, Contralesa KZN Secretary Nkosi Nhakanipho Maphumulo says they are baffled because the people that spoken about in the research are nowhere to be seen.

Nkosi Maphumulo says as the leadership in KZN,including traditional leaders theyhave never seen or heard any complaints from the people living under the iNgonyama trust.

The majority of the people living on this land do not have a problem. I'm talking about the majority. You cannot tell me about a small minority of people who want to impose their own will on us, that cannot happen. We live in a democratic country.

Nkosi Nhakanipho Maphumulo, Contralesa KZN Secretary

READ: Ingoyama trust fund vows to fight land expropriation

If the legislation is passed they will be inciting violence. The problem with some people in this ANC led government is that they want to rid the country of traditional leadership and the institution and the first entry point for the is the land that we occupy in rural areas under the iNgonyama trust.

Nkosi Nhakanipho Maphumulo, Contralesa KZN Secretary

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