Ingonyama Trust hits back at NGOs over land
JOHANNESBURG - The Ingonyama Trust has hit back at the NGO’s taking it to court over land occupation. CASAC, t he Rural Women's Network and Seven Informal Land Rights Holders are challenging the trust for introducing long-term lease agreements.
Chairperson of the trust Judge Jerome Ngwenya has dismissed the groups’ lawsuit opposing the longstanding principle of Permission to Occupy.
Ngwenya accused CASAC and the other NGO’s of an agenda and ulterior motives. “It’s quite amazing that an institution like CASAC -- which purports to protect the Constitution -- will try to fight for racially based legislation," he said.
"We will therefore put an appropriate case in court to show that this case has nothing to do with the people, but has got everything to do with the perception they want to create against the Zulu Mornach, against Ingonyama Trust, against people who live on communal land and also to appease their donors.”
He defended the Trust’s conversion of Permission to Occupy or informal land rights, to long-term lease agreements.
“The permission to occupy is a racist legislation which was an insult to the African people and that insult continues today by those who purport to act in the best interest of people.”
Ngwenya denies that the Ingonyama Trust is oppressive towards rural land occupiers and is interfering with the security of tenure for those living on communal land.