Land in trusts in rural areas not benefiting locals: Researcher

Date: Mar 1, 2018

High-level panel, led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe, recommended that the KwaZulu Ingonyama Trust Act be repealed and land be transferred to the rural development

The Ingonyama Trust has been making headlines as calls to dissolve it intensify. And, those against the move are equally determined to stop the process. The trust was created in 1994 by the KwaZulu-Natal government, in terms of the KwaZulu Ingonyama Trust Act. According to the Ingonyama Trust Board, the mandate of the Trust is to hold land for "the benefit, material welfare and social well-being of the members of the tribes and communities" living on the land. 

In November last year, a high-level panel, led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe, recommended that the act be repealed and the land be transferred  the rural development land reform department, which would act as a custodian of the land,  and distribute it in a fair manner.

Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, has warned of the sensitivity around the issue and that the trust should not be meddled with. 

On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo spoke to IFP MPL and National Chair, Blessed Gwala; Independent researcher, Mary de Haas; Chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust Board, Judge Jerome Ngwenya and Direcor of Land and Accountability Centre, Anika Classen.

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