Caught in the middle of land and tradition

2018-03-29 06:01

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Traditional leaders in Khayelitsha have come out strongly to lambast people who invaded space reserved for an initiation school in Khwezi next to Lansdowne Road.

They accuse them of disrespecting and desecrating cultural practises.

The on-going protest by the so-called invaders started last month in areas like Philippi and Gugulethu but has now extended to some parts of Khayelitsha.

Chief Zweladinga Mazinyo, who resides in Ward 91 in Site B, described the land invaders as opportunists who wanted to draw attention to themselves.

“As kings, we are really not happy with the actions of people who invade our land. We feel as if they are undermining our culture and don’t care,” said Chief Mazinyo.

He alleged the invaders follow a mandate from parliament.

“They listen to what the parliamentarians are saying; that people must occupy every open space in our communities. Now, we have a burden to fix this. Even the Law Enforcement failed to remove them,” he said.

Chief Mazinyo said they will have an urgent meeting on Wednesday(yesterday)to discuss these matters and find a way forward.

“We will have a meeting to discuss the issue of land invasion, especially for the place we use for initiations. Now we need to identify all these areas that we are using and fence them to keep them safe,” said Mazinyo.

Traditional surgeon Sikelela Zokufa condemned the act(of land invasions).

“These people are calling for bad luck because we have reserved that area only for initiation(practices). And there are lots of things that are happening during that process there.

Even other go there to bath in natural herbs, as instructed by traditional healers.

In Marikana, the people who invaded that land ended up fighting and killing each other,” said Zokufa.

He added that the spaces needed cleansing before people could settle in.

Zokufa said the had requested the City and the provincial government on numerous occasions, to rezone all these areas that are being used for initiation purposes, to no avail.

“About four of the areas we utilise for initiation have been invaded and some were sold by the City. Khwezi, Marikana are these, but the land near Stock Road station was sold to Eskom, including land near the airport,” he counted.

Invaders refused to speak to City Vision.

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