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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day – Editorial.]

When the ANC resolved to alter the constitution to allow the government to seize land without compensation in 2017, King Goodwill Zwelithini was not one of those who thought it long overdue.

For the Zulu king, the ANC’s flagship policy — arguably adopted to ensure its frustrated supporters do not become easy pickings for the EFF — signalled he would lose control over vast tracts of land in KwaZulu-Natal.

As President Cyril Ramaphosa constantly reminds investors that property rights would remain the cornerstone of our constitution, he equally treads carefully when it comes to land under the custody of the Ingonyama Trust — an entity whose sole trustee is Zwelithini.

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