Martin Williams
3 minute read
24 Mar 2021
5:40 am

Time is up for KZN’s Ingonyama Trust

Martin Williams

How long will taxpayers be willing to fund a 2.8-million hectare mainly rural fiefdom which scorns our constitution?

The late king Goodwill Zwelithini was the sole trustee of the Ingonyama Trust. Picture: Gallo Images

Our constitutional democracy must deal with the anomaly of the Ingonyama Trust, which controls 2.8 million hectares of KwaZulu-Natal communal land. People there are not allowed to own property. The death of sole trustee King Goodwill Zwelithini provides an opportunity to rein in the Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB), whose members imagine they are above the law. Ingonyama was a last-minute compromise exacted in 1994 by Mangosuthu Buthulezi, who had been reluctant to participate in South Africa’s first democratic elections. In 2018, City Press editor Mondli Makanya said this “corrupt deal between the National Party and its surrogate Inkatha Freedom Party...