Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, has announced the appointment of new permanent members of the KwaZulu-Natal Ingonyama Trust board.
In a recent statement, the ministry said the board consists of the Ingonyama (King Misuzulu) or his nominee who is the chairperson of the board, and four members appointed by the Minister after consultation with the Ingonyama, the Premier and the Chairperson of the House of Traditional leadership in the province.
“The other four members [are] appointed by the Minister with due regard to regional interests, in consultation with the Premier, who shall consult the Ingonyama and the chairperson of the House of Traditional Leadership in KwaZulu-Natal,” the ministry said.
The Minister has appointed the following members to serve on the interim board:
1. INkosi Thanduyise Mzimela (Chairperson), as nominated by Ingonyama
2. Advocate Linda Zama (Vice-Chairperson)
3. INkosi Mabudu Israel Tembe
4. Dr Thandi Dlamini
5. Nomusa Zulu
6. Dandy Matamela
7. INkosi Phallang Bokang Molefe
8. INkosi Sibonelo Mkhize
9.Lisa Del Grande
The new board is appointed on a four-year term of office as members.
The Ingonyama Trust is a special organisation formed by the Amazulu monarch which oversees the controls over 2.8 million hectares of land mainly in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Region, traditionally belonging to the Zulu people.
In clarifying the appointment of the Trust board, His Majesty King Misuzulu KaZwelithini has stated that the land is not lost and the board is not selling it.
“I ask you to not be misled by people who spread false information and say that your land will be sold, because they want to achieve their own selfish intentions. That is not true,” said Ingonyama.
The Royal has welcomed the board members, saying that it is made up of Amakhosi, businesspeople, lawyers and community leaders with relevant expertise.
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