JOHANNESBURG - The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Mxolisi Kaunda on Tuesday called on members of the Sibuyelwe Matiwane community trust near Colenso and the traditional leadership who are embroiled in a land dispute to work together.
Kaunda, who has been named as the new mayor of eThekwini to replace Zandile Gumede, was addressing members of the community of Msuluzi under Inkosi Mabaso following a land dispute.
The MEC urged both the trust and the traditional leadership to resolve the dispute amicably and observe the rule of law. He also called on traditional leaders to respect the court interdict which prevents illegal sale and occupation of land under the trust.
“I have issued a clear instruction to the police that they must enforce the court interdict and anyone who continues to build illegally in the land under the trust must be arrested," said Kaunda.
"If the traditional leadership has a problem with the manner in which the land was allocated to the trust, it must approach the court.
“We also want to call on members of the trust to continue to respect the traditional leadership. Equally, the traditional leadership must respect the rule of law."