Land claim will involve re-writing KZN’s history

2014-07-14 00:00

THE land claim to be made on behalf of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will not only be huge, but it will also involve re-writing of the history of KwaZulu-Natal.

The size of the claim has yet to be finalised, but the land to be claimed is expected to include urban and rural areas, including the Durban Metro as well as sections of the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and the Free State.

The Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB) will assist with the formulation of the claim, which is expected to be ready for submission in March 2015.

According to Judge Jerome Ngwenya, chairperson of the Ingonyama executive committee, the claim will include land taken from the Zulu kingdom during the colonial period, from 1838 onwards. Ngwenya said a “research team” are currently combing the archives to establish the extent of the claim on historical grounds.

And while Ingonyama moves forward on the basis that Zwelethini is king of the entire province, there are others who consider that his writ ends south of the Thukela River and several Zulu-speaking groupings do not see themselves as owing loyalty to him as they already have a king of their own.

As reported in sister paper City Press yesterday, the amaHlubi insist they were “never conquered by Shaka” and are not prepared to be conquered by a land claim now. Indeed, they are making a counter claim under their king, Mthimkhulu III, who they installed earlier this year.

The amaHlubi claim looks set to be as large as that of the Zulu king and will include Durban and Pietermaritzburg, along with parts of the Free State, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape.

Let the claims begin!

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