Zuma: My clan won’t claim land

2009-09-07 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma said his clan, the Nxamalalas, can claim to have land in Pietermaritzburg, Howick and Greytown given back to them, but they will not.

Speaking during the inaugural Inkosi Matomela memorial lecture in the Greytown city hall on Saturday, Zuma said his clan had land in Greytown before being forcibly removed to some parts of Pietermartizburg and Howick. He said permission was sought from the Nxamalala clan to build the town of Howick.

Zuma, who is the chairman of the Zuma Royal Council, said, however, that his clan will not make any claim to the land as they do not want to cause problems.

The lecture on Inkosi Matomela, said Zuma, is aimed at uniting the people of his clan. He urged other South Africans to heed a similar call to know their past.

“Knowing one’s past is good for the future and for nation building,” said Zuma.

Matomela was the great grandfather of the Nxamalala people, who, Zuma said, are an integral part of the Zulu nation. The Nxamalala clan owned the Greytown area before it was seized from them by colonialists and the apartheid government. Greytown was named after Sir George Grey, a governor of the Cape.

Zuma said Inkosi Matomela enjoyed a cordial relationship with King Shaka, the founder of the Zulu nation. He said they met on one of Shaka’s escapades around the province and that Matomela pledged his support to Shaka. The Nxamalalas were forced to move after Shaka’s death, said Zuma.

The Greytown city hall is built where Inkosi Matomela was buried. To date there are two amakhosi in the Zuma clan, one in Nkandla, where Zuma was born, and one in Impendle, where a large concentration of the Zuma people lives.

“Young people are being influenced by the Western culture and end up being second best because they are not proud of who they are and where they come from,” said Zuma.

The president also highlighted the issue of crime, saying it is worrisome. He said crime in South Africa is of a violent nature.

He said an official from the Home Affairs office in Pinetown, who tore up Skhumbuzo Mhlongo’s ID application form, demonstrated a violent form of criminal behaviour.

Mhlongo ended his life recently after he could not get an identity document.



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