Good luck to the Trust, but more to be done
Ss a staunch reader of the ZO, what a shocking statement made by our Head of State on the front page of 9 July: ‘There is no need to go to war over this issue’.
Such words raise much concern over the issue referred to.
It also shows what was on his mind before even meeting with His Majesty.
It also raises much concern over the Restitution of Land Rights Acts No.22 of 1994 as amended, on the land claimed and the process of investigation by the Regional Land Claims Commissioner (RLCC).
What His Majesty has done needs to be applied in the KZN-RLCC offices, as most of the land claims submitted are ruined by squabbles.
Claims have been messed up by officials in that department - one land claim has more than one trust, and those trusts do not know each other.
Ghost beneficiaries are generated in the process.
The list of ghost beneficiaries are paid first, while the legitimate beneficiaries are robbed.
This kind of practice has been ongoing for quite a long time in the KZN-RLCC offices and, as a result, claims are lost or deliberately land in the hands of the wrong people.
As ‘His Majesty lashes out at COGTA’, this department has certain rotten apples who colluded with KZNRLCC officials in wrongfully transferring land to ghost people.
This is why most of the land claims are not settled but are still in the High Court.
Some of these COGTAapproved AmaKhosi are used in such cases as core witnesses to cement RLCC statements, as ghosts are getting the land and the rightful owners are losing it.
Numerous reports on allegations of corruption are sent to the national ministers, but no action is taken against them.
Ingonyama Trust land was fortunate because of His Majesty - or it might be gone already.
The question now is: Who is going to fight for our land and pay those High Court fees against the RLCC, who have secretly stolen our land in the ‘twist’ of the law?
Claimants are persuaded to apply for government compensation but when one goes into their accounts, it’s rental - not compensation.
Most of our people forfeited their land and government compensation in exchange for rental with no ownership.
May His Majesty’s executive board secretly view problematic land claims.
The truth is, many presentations from such panels have been made in parliament stating how a certain piece of land is going to be administered by certain government departments.
No objection is made because none of us, who are land-dispossessed, are present during these presentations.
Instead, we are told what the government has decided to do with our land, without any consultations.
One example is the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Kabelo Land Restitution and Development Trust.
These entities are in our claimed land without our knowledge or consultation.
That is why we have to say ‘Good luck to the Ingonyama Trust’ - but something must be done about land.