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New Form of Dispossession in SA – King’s Land Claim in KZN Signals Land Grab for Mineral Rights By Rural Elites

New Form of Dispossession in SA – King’s Land Claim in KZN Signals Land Grab for Mineral Rights By Rural Elites

In recent months, it has been reported that the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, under the auspices of the Ingonyama Trust, is preparing to lodge a massive land claim that will cover much of the land in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Why is King Zwelithini making a land claim that goes back to 1875 when South Africa’s land restitution programme only recognizes land dispossessions after 1913?

Speaking at an event hosted by SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) to examine the impact of traditional leadership on rural land reform, analyst Nomboniso Gasa, posited that there’s a new form of dispossession taking place in South Africa, as untapped mineral resources influence a new round of land claims by the rural elite.

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