‘Witness’ invites four panelists to discuss fate of the king’s land
THE fate of Ingonyama land hangs in the balance, and the province faces profound challenges if proposed changes go ahead after a public consultation process.
Many are asking, “What is to become of the king’s land?”
To address this question, 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April 25 on the future of the Ingonyama Trust Act, which Kgalema Motlanthe’s High Level Panel has recommended should be repealed.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 KwaZuluNatal Provincial Legislature (MPL), Maphalala has 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 a known campaigner for indigenous social rights.
Madlala is a former journalist and academic with a deep understanding of political issues, particularly in KwaZuluNatal. Currently the CEO of the Ethekwini Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), Madlala is regarded as 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.
• The Witness Ingonyama LandImbizo will take place in thePietermaritzburg City Hall onWednesday, April 25, at 5 pm, andis open to the public.