Good luck to the Trust, but more to be done

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO PUBLIC COMMENTS -

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.

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