EFF leader Julius Malema has taken a swipe at Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini – whom he last year presented with a herd of cattle as a birthday gift – and said individuals ought not shudder when he talks.
“When they speak we must shiver. No, we are in the democratic debate [about land] here. The Zulu kingdom must also contribute to the debate we are having here,” he said.
Malema was talking yesterday at the dispatch of his gathering’s race enrollment battle in Johannesburg.
“The Zulu kingdom must never allow white people to put it against the black majority. No one is going to take land from Zulu people.
“If Ingonyama Trust is not being used properly to benefit the Zulus, then let Ingonyama Trust be dissolved and let it be returned into the hands of the people. What is this political expediency we are experiencing here? Why should the Zulu kingdom not be treated as one of the institutions under democracy.”
Last week, Zwelithini said the Ingonyama Trust should not be dissolved. The king called on all Zulus to donate R5 each for the fight against the proposed dissolution of the Ingonyama Trust.
A high-level panel appointed by the Speakers’ Forum and led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe has recommended that the Ingonyama Trust Act be repealed or amended and that the Trust itself be dissolved.
The Trust administers 2.8million hectares of land on behalf of the Zulu nation.
The king’s comments seem to have angered Malema, whose party’s drive led to the National Assembly’s adoption of a motion on land expropriation without compensation.
Malema told scores of EFF supporters that the restoration of land will heal the pain of black people. He said any ownership of property by black people was a threat to whiteness.