Debate on the king’s land
WHAT is to become of the king’s land?
The Witness will be hosting a panel discussion on April 25 on the future of the Ingonyama Trust Act, which Kgalema Motlanthe’s High Level Panel has recommended should be repealed. King Goodwill Zwelithini, with the backing of the KZN legislature, has opposed the recommendation, on the grounds that traditional authorities should govern Ingonyama land.
The Witness has invited four panellists to debate the matter. They are:
Maphalala is a Zulu historian who spent several years at the University of Zululand where he was associate professor of history. An author of note, Maphalala is currently a KwaZulu-Natal commissioner for Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims.
A former Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature (MPL), Maphalala had written extensively on land issues.
Ngobese is a Zulu cultural expert with an insight into gender roles in Zulu culture.
Founder of the Nomakhubulwane Culture and Youth Development Organisation, Ngobese is an academic with an in-depth understanding of the indigenous knowledge system. An international speaker, Ngobese is known campaigner for indigenous social rights.
Madlala is a former journalist and academic with a deep understanding of political issues, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal. Currently the CEO of the Ethekwini Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), Madlala is regarded a voice of authority on provincial politics.
A communicator by training, Madlala has been featured on various radio and television programmes as an analyst on topical political issues.
Yeni is the national co-ordinator of Tshintsha Amakhaya, a civil society alliance for land and food justice in rural South Africa. She is the former Rural Transformation Project manager at Oxfam South Africa and researcher at the Land and Accountability Research Centre at UCT.
She received her Masters in Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of Western Cape and Masters in Development Studies at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. — Witness Reporter.
• The Witness Ingonyama Land Imbizo will take place in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Wednesday, April 25, at 5 pm, and is open to the public.