In an attempt to quell tension between traditional leaders and the government, the Cabinet announced on Thursday that it had appointed a team of ministers to engage with local leaders on their concerns about land expropriation. "The establishment of the ministerial team is in response to the various concerns raised at the start of Parliament’s public participation process to review section 25," Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said during a post-cabinet briefing on Thursday. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize will lead the ministerial team, which includes Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and Mokonyane. The team is due to meet the leadership of the National House of Traditional Leaders and leaders of provincial houses on Friday in Pretoria. Tension between traditional leaders — particularly the Zulu monarchy — and the government have escalated re...

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