Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini is headed for what could be a bruising battle with the ANC over the sensitive issue of rural land custodianship. During its national conference in Johannesburg in December‚ the governing party resolved that traditional leaders should relinquish custodianship of land held in trust by the state. "That land belongs to the people and we have resolved that 13% of the land under the custodianship of traditional leaders be transferred to the people who live in those communities‚" said deputy minister of traditional affairs and member of the ANC’s subcommittee on legislature and governance Obed Bapela. The ANC’s resolution followed the November release of a report by a panel headed by former president Kgalema Motlanthe. Among other things, the panel’s report recommended that the Ingonyama Trust Act be repealed or amended and that the Ingonyama Trust — of which Zwelithini is the sole trustee — be dissolved. The trust‚ which administers 2.8-million hectar...

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