MPLs ignore flaws in backing Land Tenure Rights Amendment Bill

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KwaZulu-Natal MPLs steered away from sensitive issues around the Ingonyama Trust’s land policies in voting for the Land Tenure Rights Amendment Bill.
KwaZulu-Natal MPLs steered away from sensitive issues around the Ingonyama Trust’s land policies in voting for the Land Tenure Rights Amendment Bill.

KwaZulu-Natal MPLs known for pandering to the Zulu royal family, particularly close to elections, yesterday steered away from sensitive issues around the Ingonyama Trust’s land policies, which are viewed as oppressive to women.

The MPLs, who were debating the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment Bill during a virtual special sitting, turned a blind eye to views that the measure did not go far enough as it failed to address the challenges faced by women living on the trust’s land. These include being barred from owning property within the trust due to certain Zulu customs.

Apart from DA MPLs, who abstained from voting, MPLs from other political parties unanimously endorsed the measure.

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