Eyewitness News reporter Ziyanda Ngcobo says King Goodwill Zwelithini speech at the land imbizo in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday was nothing new.
Speaking on the political desk with Bongani Bingwa, Ngcobo says the tough talk has been coming for a long time.
Remember when that report was released, there were several meetings held by the King and Amakhosi about how they wanted to respond to this matter. They even invited former president, Kgalema Motlanthe to the province because they felt aggrieved at the fact that the report got completed without the Zulu king being consulted.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter
I remember the Zulu King saying these so-called democrats and academics who bussed in people from wherever, don't even have the decency to go to the rural areas that they speak of and these reports they write about.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter
The argument that is being made by the King and Amakhosi is why is the iNgonyama Trust of 1994 being targeted now. It's been in existence for 24 years and was even amended in 1997. Why now is what they are asking.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter
Ngcobo says the president of the country will struggle to separate the provincial and the national dynamics.
She says the ANC in KZN usually throws its weight behind the Zulu king and it will be interesting to see when the president visits the province how he will tread the thin line between being the president of the country and sticking to the recommendations of the ANC conference.
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