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July : Title deeds to be given to people living on Ingonyama Trust land, says Zwelithini

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3 July, 2016

Title deeds to be given to people living on Ingonyama Trust land, says Zwelithini

by Genevieve Quintal 
King Goodwill Zwelithini

King Goodwill Zwelithini. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

KING Goodwill Zwelithini says people living on land owned by Ingonyama Trust will start receiving title deeds - a move that could result in President Jacob Zuma gaining the title of his Nkandla home.

In 2012, Zuma said he was paying a bond on the first phase of his Nkandla home. However, it was then reported that the compound was situated on land belonging to Ingonyama Trust.

The Ingonyama Trust was established in 1994 to be the custodian of the land that was previously administered by the then KwaZulu government. It comprises 60% of the land in the province.

Zwelithini made the announcement at the annual opening of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders at the old legislative building in Ulundi on Tuesday.

He was accompanied by newly appointed premier Willies Mchunu.

"This process will be exclusively for land that is utilised for residential purposes, and in line with the country's constitution, and all due procedures will be followed as the law spells them out," said King Zwelithini.

He also instructed chiefs amakhosi to work with government institutions to ensure that people residing in rural communities were allocated residential addresses.

"This is to ensure that residents are not deprived of any of their rights to access government services‚ banking or even voting in elections‚" he said the king.

The king also expressed his concern about the spate of violent protests plaguing certain parts of the province.

"Communities have to ensure that private and public property is never destroyed in protests because it belongs to them. Churches‚ government buildings‚ roads‚ community halls and schools are all important structures that shape and build our communities. Violence is never an option when it comes to solving any dispute." he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu thanked the king for his leading role that he continues to occupy as the province grapples with a number of challenges‚ which include the drought.

The drought is impacting negatively on the province's economy‚ with key agricultural sectors such as sugar cane farming suffering losses in production.

Mchunu also reiterated said the provincial government's was committed to working with amakhosi chiefs across KwaZulu-Natal as it strove to build better communities.

Source: Business Day

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