As the South African government looks at moving ahead with the land reform plans, which includes land expropriation without compensation, it seems farmers are not the only people concerned about the issue.
King Goodwill Zwelithini wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign an agreement, which promises to exclude the territories he controls. Currently, the Zulu king controls 2.8 million hectares under the Ingonyama Trust.
As the ANC targets white-owned land for expropriation while trying to provide security for 17 million people, the land reform is a cause for concern for King Zwelithini.
Especially after last month, when a senior ANC official said the land reform will include the issuing of title deeds to small-scale farmers on tribal lands. This is a deviation from Ramaphosa’s promise to the king, that his land will not fall into the land reform plans.
With the land reform set to affect millions of South Africans, the Zulu king now wants clarity on the situation.
Addressing scores of people in Durban on Sunday, October 7, the king wants to ensure the land of the Zulus will not be a part of the land reform issue.
This is not the first time King Zwelithini has voiced his concern about the situation. In July, he warned of conflict over the issue. A number of traditional leaders also warned the ANC to not undermine their authority.
Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize explains the government has not yet come up with a formal decision on how land reform will take place in tribal areas. He claims the government is trying to find the best possible solution to ensure minimal conflict between South Africans.
However, only time will tell if the Zulu king will be exempt from the impending land reform.
What are your thoughts on the situation? Do you feel it is fair to add the king’s land into the land reform? Or do you feel the Zulu King must be able to maintain control over his land?