Compromise on kings’s land

The controversial Act signed by former president FW de Klerk allowing the transfer of three millon hectares of tribal land to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini, is to be amended.

King Goodwill agreed to a compromise, relinguishing the ownership of mineral rights and government to the state. The king will stay on as trustee of the kwaZulu/Natal tribal land in terms of the Ingonyama Trust Act, but a legitimate structure with broad representation will be established to prevent unauthorised intervention.

A cabinet committee under Land Affairs Minister Derek Hanekom this week handed a 70-page report to the cabinet, proposing that steps be taken to allay fears of illegal interventions and manipulations. The report was accepted by the cabinet, and a decision was taken to amend the controversial Act.

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