Speaker shows disdain for KZN’s people by failing to table Motlanthe Report

Democratic Alliance media statement by Zwakele Mncwango, MPL

Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature

 

Speaker shows disdain for KZN’s people by failing to table Motlanthe Report

 

Note to editors: This is an updated version of the statement that was released earlier.

The Democratic Alliance has today tabled a Motion in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, calling on KZN Speaker, Lydia Johnson, to urgently table the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change, chaired by former President, Kgalema Motlanthe, which includes a recommendation to repeal the Ingonyama Trust.

This Report was supposed to be tabled in all Provincial Legislatures yet it has not been done in KZN. In failing to do so, the Speaker has shown her disdain for the people of our province. The move also follows a request by the DA, in terms of Rule 103, for the Report to be debated as a matter of public importance.

The importance of the Ingonyama Trust in determining the future of KZN’s citizens cannot be under-estimated. Many residents living on Ingonyama land believe that this Trust could be a vehicle for unlocking opportunity through job creation and economic empowerment.

It is also critical that a debate take place in order to establish the ANC’s position on the matter. This after the ANC at its national 2017 conference adopted the high level panel Report – which included a recommendation to repeal the Trust – without objections. Meanwhile, the ANC in KZN is on record as saying that it would “never” support any recommendation aimed at undermining the role of traditional leaders on land issues.

This contradiction does nothing to reassure the people of the province and is one of the main reasons for the current concern from stakeholders including political parties, traditional communities and traditional leaders.

The DA is also concerned that King Zwelethini was not even consulted by the high level panel despite him being the trustee of Ingonyama Trust Land. This shows disrespect to His Majesty. We believe that a debate is the start of a process which must then be extended to include consultation with King Goodwill Zwelithini, Amakhosi and ultimately the public. Our own engagements with traditional leadership show that they are committed to ensuring empowerment and upliftment for communities on traditional land.

The DA is committed to engagement with all stakeholders in order to find the right way forward. We urge the ANC in this province to start the process.

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