‘No fighting, please’

2017-03-24 14:32
Holding a memorandum of agreement signed with 16 communities at the Golden Horse Casino yesterday are (from left) KZN Economic Development and Tourism Affairs tourism development senior manager Sipho Mkhwanazi; chief land claims commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife CEO David Mabunda.

Holding a memorandum of agreement signed with 16 communities at the Golden Horse Casino yesterday are (from left) KZN Economic Development and Tourism Affairs tourism development senior manager Sipho Mkhwanazi; chief land claims commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife CEO David Mabunda. (Ian Carbutt)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

No infighting among yourselves.

This was the plea of speaker after speaker during the historic signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Department of Economic Development in KZN, the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, with 16 land claimant communities.

Speakers at the ceremony at Golden Horse Casino on Thursday told land claimants that infighting could put assets worth millions of rands at risk.

The Hlabisa-Mpukunyoni, Swamp, Zulu and Buthelezi, Mhlaba/Ximba, Dukuduku, Osuthu, Myeni-Nsinde, Tembe, Mthonjaneni, Maphelane, Emasosheni, Kwa Dushu, Rest, Umbumbazi, Umnyengelezi, and Clayborn communities earlier lodged their conservation land claims and their properties are managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

The agreement affects some parts of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Umfolozi Park, Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Park.

Chief director of restitution Advocate Bheki Mbili said too often communities start fighting among themselves soon after the land is given back to them.

“Whenever there are delays in land claims, communities unite and the state becomes the enemy. Once you give them land, they start fighting.

“They can claim 100 hectares of land, then you give them 10 hectares, they will forget about the 90 hectares remaining because they will be busy fighting among themselves for the 10 hectares,” he said.

Chief land claims commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo reminded claimants that the deal was not for self enrichment of a selected few individuals, but for the benefit of the communities.

“Please do not start fighting once you hear that money has been deposited into Ezemvelo’s account. Do not be like those who would rather have the whole co-management agreement collapse because of infighting.

“Do not let that old woman who is looking after a young child starve because of infighting. This is the transformation agenda that the president has been speaking about, please make it work,” she said.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife CEO David Mabunda warned that it will be the project that will suffer should there be any quarrelling. “This must come to an end. How do you expect us to work with four factions from one area?”

Mabunda said residents would be allowed to hunt in the area if the hunting would benefit the community. Community members would also be allowed to sell plants if it is for the benefit of the community, he added.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  political conflicts

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
There's an app for that: how apps have changed us

"There's an app for that" is more than just Apple's marketing mantra. Mobile apps have emerged over the last 10 years or so for practically every need in a person's day and changed our lives.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.