Traditional leaders are pissed off with Kgalema Motlanthe – He’s currently public enemy number one in KwaZulu-Natal

Traditional leaders and Zululand citizens have had some unkind things to say about former President Kgalema Motlanthe on Wednesday.

As EWN report, the former President is accused of offending their entire population.

Speaking during an Imbizo in Ulundi, the KZN House of Traditional Leaders expressed their dismay and deepened the rift between both parties. But what has Motlanthe done to get in their bad books?

What have traditional leaders fallen out with Kgalema Motlanthe?
They have taken offence to comments he made back in June, where he labelled some traditional leaders as “village tinpot dictators“. This scathing putdown deeply offended the tribes, and members were all to happy to kak Motlanthe out on Wednesday:

That chant roughly translates to the Zulu people declaring their hatred for the former head of state. However, it wasn’t just words that have ignited this bitter feud. Motlanthe’s actions have also landed him in hot water.

He was the head of a Parliamentary panel that concluded that the Ingonyama Trust must be scrapped in the region, as it doesn’t tie into the values of SA’s constitution.

What is the Ingonyama Trust?
The mandate of the Trust is to hold land for “the benefit, material welfare and social well-being of the members of the tribes and communities” living on the land.

It protects the Zululand dwellers in terms of land ownership, allowing them to establish their own communities whilst under the rule of Zulu King Goodwill Zwethini.

While Section 25 of the constitution (the bit focused on land expropriation) allowed the leaders to strengthen their ownership rights, it is submitted that land beneficiaries of Ingonyama Trust land can have access to legal protection on this issue.