Government Must Intervene in Land Disputes in KwaZulu-Natal

6th September 2014.


The IFP in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, calls on the MEC for Rural Development, Cyril Xaba and his counterpart, National Minister Gugile Nkwinti, to urgently intervene to diffuse the potentially volatile squabbles between Community Property Association, Community Trusts and community members over farms and financial management in most parts of the province.


"There have been many reported cases in this province where people are accusing Community Property Associations and Trusts of being corrupt in the management of Trust Funds. Examples of these can be found in communities of Western Shores in St Lucia, Nkunzana in Pongola, Farm Doctor in Dundee, uVongo on the South Coast and Ntembeni in Melmoth, These are indications that urgent intervention from government is imperative," said IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development, Mr Hassan Motala, MPL.


"In some areas communal property associations or trusts are accused of failing to hold annual meetings and failing to report to their members. This also calls for the investigation by government on the distribution of funds by trust board members to the community. If government gave land to people then everyone in that community must benefit and not a privileged few because this causes unnecessary conflicts which can be avoided," continued Mr Motala.


"Both the KZN MEC, Cyril Xaba, and the National Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, must institute an urgent investigation into corrupt land deals as it is alleged that some departmental officials at grass-roots level are colluding with members of trusts to benefit financially. Corruption must be rooted out wherever it exists," concluded Mr Motala



Issued by:

Mr Hassan Motala, MPL

IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform,  078 403 6704


For Media Queries: 

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675