Durban - Land belonging to the Zulu nation will not be expropriated by the national government, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini told thousands of people attending the annual Shaka Day celebration in Durban on Sunday.
Using his annual speech at the event - 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.
Ramaphosa’s previous visit in June caused a stir when he was accused of kneeling before the king at the official palace in Nongoma in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Ramaphosa later explained he was merely bending down to show the king a book on cattle.
Zwelithini has been particularly vocal about the nation-wide debate on whether or not to change the Constitution to allow the state unfettered power to expropriate land without compensating the owner.
His anger stems from recommendations made in a report called the “High-level panel on the assessment of key legislation and the acceleration of fundamental change”, chaired by former president Kgalema Motlanthe and released in November last year.