He is a supporter of the Amadiba Crisis Committee and vice-chair of the NGO, Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC). He stood firm when roads agency Sanral tried to prevent him from taking it to court and won his application (in 2012) to proceed with the case in the Pretoria High Court in 2017.
In 2006, a hitman was paid to kill Zukulu because of his support for the Xolobeni people, who are opposed to mining. Owing to the intervention of a cousin (who has since been murdered), the hit did not take place, but the threat still hangs over Zukulu’s head.
“Government refuses to listen to the community, but continues to impose its own agenda on people who say no! Many politicians come to listen to the people, they promise to come back, but never do. Why should something which causes conflict be referred to as ‘development’. Why force the community to accept what they do not want?” he asked.
“How many more people need to die before the ruling party sees it is tearing people apart?”