We want it throne out: KZN in ANC lashes out at tribal land report
At a land summit in Durban, the ANC in KZN has again called for Zulu king’s land to be left alone when expropriation happens
Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has again come under fire for his recommendations that the Ingonyama Trust be dissolved – this time with the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal lashing out at the panel he headed for not consulting the ruling party, government or traditional leaders.
A High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and Fundamental Change has recommended that the Ingonyama Trust Act be repealed or amended and that the trust be dissolved.
But this has incurred the ire of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who has drawn the line on the sand and is leading the fight against the proposed scrapping of the Ingonyama Trust, which administers 2.8 million hectares of tribal land on his behalf as its sole trustee.
At a recent ANC summit on land expropriation in Johannesburg, Motlanthe further stoked the fires when he likened traditional leaders to village “tin-pot” dictators when it came to the issue of land – and said that land must not go to traditional leaders but to the people.
But the ANC’s Sihle Zikalala, who is the co-ordinator of the party’s provincial task team – formed when the elected leadership was ousted after a lengthy court case – told a land summit in Durban on Monday that land under the Ingonyama Trust would not be the target of expropriation of land without compensation because it was already under the control of rural people.“We are saying [that] we will expropriate land and return it to the people – but not rural land because that is already in their hands. Even the one under Ingonyama Trust is under the control of the people. And that should be clear,” said Zikalala.
He said the party did not have a problem with the recommendations of the high-level panel as the process has not yet been concluded. But this did not shield Motlanthe and his fellow panellists from a tongue-lashing.
“But it was unfortunate that when the high-level panel came here to KwaZulu-Natal they did not engage with the government. They made their own determination having not engaged with members of the legislature and not with the ANC.
“And we are not accusing them of that; it was their own decision not to engage with us. I doubt that the house of traditional leaders in KwaZulu-Natal was engaged. We are in constant engagement with amakhosi and on this issue we could have been taken on board,” said Zikalala.
He reiterated ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule’s remarks that when the high-level panel defined their relationship with traditional leaders it was “their own view” and did not represent the views of the ANC.
“The ANC enjoys the respect of traditional leaders and we work with them. So we don’t see this kind of dictatorship that some are talking about from the traditional leaders,” said Zikalala.
Mike Mabuyakhulu, the convenor of the ANC provincial task team, told the summit that they supported President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call that the ANC government has no intention to expropriate land under the control of the Ingonyama Trust.
Ramaphosa made the statement during the official launch of the party’s Thuma Mina campaign in the province on Saturday following his hastily-arranged meeting with Zwelthini and IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Friday night.
The meeting followed an imbizo of traditional leaders convened by the Zulu monarch in Ulundi on Wednesday last week at which he warned of a clash of nations should the state make good on moves to dissolve the Ingonyama Trust Board and cede thousands of hectares of traditional land to the state.Mabuyakhulu said: “We want to reiterate the call made by the president that the 13% land in the hands of blacks and which land is administered by the Ingonyama Trust does not make up the land that could be considered for expropriation of land without compensation.
“Therefore, there is no one who wants to take the Ingonyama Trust land and expropriate it. In any event it is part of the 13%.”
The ANC land summit in KZN is in preparation of the public hearings on whether or not land should be expropriated without compensation, which will take place in the province on Wednesday next week.
Parliament’s constitutional review committee is holding public hearings in all nine provinces for the proposed amendment to Section 25 of the Constitution which deals with land expropriation without compensation and property rights.
Zikalala said they wanted to consolidate their approach towards the public hearings and would be pushing for expropriation of land without compensation during their presentations.
This stance was taken by the ANC at its 54th national elective conference in Nasrec in Johannesburg in December. The party resolved that it should be among the key mechanisms available to government to give effect to land reform and redistribution.