‘Wit­ness’ in­vites four pan­elists to dis­cuss fate of the king’s land

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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.

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