Inkosi takes family to court in Mpumuza land row

2013-05-21 00:00

LEADERSHIP and land squabbles between the Mpumuza traditional authority and the Zondi family has landed in court.

Allegations of intimidation, harassment and assault were made in court papers by inkosi Ntsikayezwe Zondi and his council on Friday.

The papers seek to: interdict 10 Zondi family members and their supporters from, among other things, disrupting the running of the council; bar the 10 Zondis from attending or accessing the offices of the council; and stop them from threatening people who disagree with the way they handle community issues.

The interdict also seeks to restrain Zondi family members from holding meetings not authorised by the inkosi or his council.

The 10 Zondis are opposing the application. Lawyers for both parties agreed to adjourn the matter indefinitely.

Outside the court, the Zondis and their supporters picketed with placards opposing the council’s application.

A spokesperson for the group, Dolo Zondi, said: “If successful, this [application] could lead to bloodshed. The local government must intervene because these people [council] are giving plots of land to their friends. Some of the land given away is for grazing and some for crop production.”

He said the allocation of land to unknown people was illegal as no proper consultation had been done.

“Selling the Ingonyama Trust land is illegal. If the land was privately owned, then it would have been a different story and we would not be objecting to anything,” he said.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has scheduled a meeting between the warring parties to be held at the tribal authority at 10 am on May 25.

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