DURBAN - Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association spokesperson, Carl Niehaus, on Wednesday, told scores of Zulu loyalists and traditional leaders that the Zulu king is “supreme” in KwaZulu-Natal.
Niehaus was speaking in Ulundi at a land imbizo that was called by Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. The imbizo was set to tackle proposals that have been made to either dissolve the Ingonyama Trust or significantly amend its powers.
Those proposals, made in the “High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change” report, chaired by former president Kgalema Motlanthe and released in November last year, have been thrust centre stage as South Africa is grappling with amending Section 25 of the Constitution to facilitate land expropriation without compensation.
The Trust owns about 29.67 percent of mostly deep rural land in KwaZulu-Natal, which covers an area of 94,361 km². While Zwelithini is the sole trustee of the land, it is divided according to clans and is overseen by traditional leaders.
Taking to the podium, Niehaus said that he was speaking as an African National Congress (ANC) member and “white South African”.