The untrustworthy trust

The untrustworthy trust

The king may be fake and the land claim dodgy, but who’s to complain when there’s money to be made?

A dispute over a “tribal” land claim in KwaZulu-Natal Midlands could be the key to exposing corruption involving suspect land claims that have benefited a wealthy elite – including land-claims officials – at the expense of the rural poor.

In 2003 a claim was made on 106 farms in the Camperdown area by 315 members of the Azibuye Emasisweni Maqamu Community Trust. Between 2007 and 2010 the state spent R25 million purchasing 12 of the farms to satisfy the claim. In September last year the process to reclaim the remaining farms was put into motion.

But somehow, depending on which faction of the now-fractured trust one speaks to, the land was hijacked by a man referred to as Inkosi Siphiwe Majozi.

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