King Goodwill Zwelithini Picture: Sibonelo Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Johannesburg - Social media on Tuesday was divided over Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's call for a guarantee that land belonging to Zulu people would not be expropriated. 

Using his Sunday speech at the annual Shaka Day celebration - which marks the death of the Zulu nation’s most famous leader Shaka - Zwelithini demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa not only visit him again but give guarantees that the Ingonyama Trust would not be targeted in the country’s much-debated land reform programme.

Speaking in isiZulu as he addressed the crowd at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Zwelithini said Ramaphosa “must come down to KwaZulu-Natal with something in black and white to assure all the Zulus that their land will not be touched”.

His comments were met with mixed reactions, with some vowing to stand behind the king while others accused him of "playing a dangerous tribal game".

Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama meanwhile said the BLF stood by the king, calling on government to leave the Ingonyama Trust and instead focus on expropriating "land of the thieves". 

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