De­bate on the king’s land

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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25 on the fu­ture of the In­gonyama Trust Act, which Kgalema Mot­lanthe’s High Level Panel has rec­om­mended should be repealed.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.

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