Leaders want to slip Ingonyama Trust’s leash
A group of traditional leaders from Jozini and Kokstad said they would rather have their land free of control of the trust, which is "unaccountable"
Several traditional leaders in KwaZulu-Natal have broken ranks and are demanding that their land be moved from under the Ingonyama Trust.A group of traditional leaders from Jozini and Kokstad said they would rather have their land free of control of the trust, which is "unaccountable".The trust was established on the eve of elections in 1994 to "protect" land under traditional leaders. It controls almost all of the province and the Zulu king is the sole trustee, advised by eight board members.The trust charges business and residential levies and even imposes a 10% escalation. The trust has come under close scrutiny since a National Assembly-appointed panel led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe recommended that the trust be disbanded and land given to municipalities so they can hand over title deeds to the people occupying the land.The Zulu king has dismissed the recommendations and called on Zulus to take up arms if necessary to defend land. Despite pressure to reconstitute or d...