IFP welcomes Ramaphosa’s Trust land commitment
THE IFP has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that land under the Ingonyama Trust will not be expropriated.
IFP national spokesperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, said the party trusts the announcement was not politicking, but a statement of commitment.
Hlengwa responded following Ramaphosa’s visit to King Goodwill Zwelithini, to whom he gave the assurance at the weekend that the government has no intention of disbanding the Ingonyama Trust and to nationalise the land.
Ramaphosa’s visit came after the king had called for an imbizo at the Ulundi Regional Stadium, where he made it clear he rejected former President Kgalema Montlanthe’s report which recommended the Ingonyama Trust be disbanded and the land nationalised.
‘We maintain that taking land from the Ingonyama Trust would amount to black-on-black dispossession,’ Hlengwa said. ‘We call on all South Africans to make themselves available to participate in the public hearings on amending Section 25 of the Constitution.
‘It is of utmost importance that all South Africans make use of this opportunity to have their voices heard and to strengthen the work of Parliament.’
Hlengwa added that public hearings are democratic platforms where all views can be captured and urged all participants to exercise restraint and discipline when making submissions. ‘The public must remain open-minded, tolerant and listen attentively to each other’s views.’
IFP national spokesperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa