In­gonyama Trust hits back at NGOs over land

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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.

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