BLF: Attack on Ingonyama Trust driven by jealousy, hate for amaZulu

An umbrella group calling itself Radical Economic Transformation Champions held a briefing in Durban where they've expressed their full commitment to fighting for land.

The Radical Economic Transformation Champions held a briefing in Durban on Friday, 29 June 2018, following a call by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to protect Ingonyama Trust. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

DURBAN – Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama says the attack on the Ingonyama Trust is driven by jealousy and hate for amaZulu.

An umbrella group calling itself Radical Economic Transformation Champions held a briefing in Durban where they've expressed their full commitment to fighting for land. The debate around the possible repeal of the Ingonyama Trust Act of 1994 has soured since the beginning of this year, after a high-level panel called for it to be revoked.

Mngxitama says President Cyril Ramaphosa, former president Kgalema Motlanthe and EFF leader Julius Malema are jealous of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. “They are jealous of the King. They look at the king and the respect he has. They want that as well.”

He adds they’re driven by hatred for the Zulu nation. “The Oppenheimers have a trust with lots of land. In fact, the Bafokeng have lots of land with lots of minerals. Orania, the racist enclave, is a trust of white people. They say nothing about this. They attack the Ingonyama Trust because they hate amaZulu."

All traditional leaders and the Zulu nation have been called to the king’s palace next Wednesday to commemorate the burning of King Cetswayo’s palace in Ulundi.

His event will also be used to outline detailed plans on how to protect the land under Ingonyama.

LAND ‘FRAUD’

A call has been made to traditional leaders across the country to join the fight to protect land under the Ingonyama Trust.

After a high-level report led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe found that the Ingonyama Act must be repealed, King Zwelithini called on all amaZulu to contribute R5 toward legally challenging this move.

Mngxitama says the land expropriation without compensation hearings currently underway amount to the biggest political fraud in South Africa right now.

“Malema wants to be the king of South Africa. He can’t accept that there are respectable kings who are respected by our people.”

He adds: “Motlanthe, Ramaphosa and Julius Malema hate Zulu people. That’s why they’re taking the Ingonyama Trust. There is no other explanation.”

The National Funeral Parlour’s Nkosentsha Shezi says they’ll defend the land.

“We defend the land, even if it means standing against our own government. We shall do so.”

Plans to defend Ingonyama Land will be outlined at the Zulu King’s palace in Ulundi next week.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)