AmaMpondomise lay claim to Kokstad

2017-02-24 06:00
 Photo: siphelele nketoAmaMpondomise traditional leaders sing traditional songs before attending the meeting.

Photo: siphelele nketoAmaMpondomise traditional leaders sing traditional songs before attending the meeting.

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LAST Friday, traditional leaders from the AmaMpondomise nation and their king, Zanozuko Matiwane from Qumbu, held a meeting at Kokstad Town Hall where they claimed to be the legitimate owners of Kokstad land.

Chairperson of AmaMpondomise Peter Madasa said the purpose of the meeting was for AmaMpondomise from different areas to get know each other.
“History tells that Kokstad is our land,” said Madasa.

“Government boundaries have caused many problems especially here. Kokstad was demarcated under KwaZulu-Natal, but, the area belongs to us and we can produce evidence,” he said.

Other traditional leaders from amaXesibe, Sotho and Griqua nation attended the meeting.

Chairperson of the Griqua Traditional Council, Gabriel Marais said he wants the truth about the ownership of the area.

AmaMpondomise also said they want their kingship to be recognised by government. Madasa said the government has rejected their claim for years after they asked for it to be restored after being taken away many years ago.


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