Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini says he will not surrender any land under the Ingonyama Trust to government as it has failed to resolve the land issue.
The King was receiving an Honorary Doctorate in social work at the University of Zululand on Friday.
It’s King Zwelithini’s second Honorary Doctorate from the university. The first was awarded to him in 1995.
Today, his efforts to tackle social ills were recognised. The King has been at the forefront in the fight against teenage pregnancy and HIV. He accused government of failing to deal with the land issue.
Meanwhile, Deputy President David Mabuza praised the King for bringing about peace in KwaZulu-Natal. He says government is always willing to listen to Zulu King and seek advice on issues that involve land.
Mabuza says as the government is currently busy with land restitution, the king’s opinions and vision are important. He praised the king’s call for an agricultural revolution, and campaign for a heightened focus on agriculture to ensure food security.
Also IFP leader Magosuthu Buthelezi called for more recognition for traditional leaders.
The king challenged authorities to rename the university after his father King Cyprian Bhekizulu.
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