Ingonyama Trustland (Zulu people)

There was various agreements during the Kodesa era, before 1994.    Ingonyama Trust agreement was signed and there was even legislation in place.  Read as a start the Constitution of South Africa, Codesa minutes and related information, also the various legislations since Codesa until now.

1 INGONYAMA TRUST BOARD A Schedule 3A Public Entity in terms of the Public  Finance Management Act, 1999 PRESENTATION TO THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON  RURAL. - ppt download   


Begin deur eerstens te weet wat in die kommunistiese grondwet staan, daarna toepaslike wetgewings oor swart en khoi san tuislande/reservate/kroongebiede en wat CPA en Trustgebiede is.   Ou tuislande / reservate / kroongebiede word steeds bewoon net onder ‘n ander naam en wetgewings.    Sommige wetgewings het reeds 1994 in werking getree, dus was dit reeds “in plek” – geskryf deur vorige regering, de klerk en  meestal liberale denkers en kommuniste.

Verskeie wetgewings is van toepassing om dit te “wettig”.   Al die CPA’s is grondeise , ook toepaslike wetgewing, apart van mekaar.    Daar is 8840 swart en khoi san / bruin tradisionele leiers wat goed besoldig word met maandelikse salarisse sowel as byvoordele (met toepaslike wetgewings).

Zulu people – KZN –

Zulu people – 1816-2016 -200 Years

Zulu people – Ingonyama Trustland

Richtersveld  – KHOISAN AND CPA


As daar ooreenkomste was, en daar was, kan dit nie net eensydig verander word nie.  

ANC can not change a signed agreement in 1994.   They all want to change everything.

Agree with this comment:     It is time the Zulu people also to decide on their freedom, they have a right to get their own self-determination country.   All people have that international right.


Had the KZN gotten this independence… KZN would’ve been a better place then today. For all who live in it.



Since 1815 a “Zulu kingdom”:   Zwelithini I won’t let my people forget our history !!

KwaZulu-Natal, a region in eastern South Africa with the Drakensberg Mountains to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east, is home to one of the most powerful kingdoms in the African continent – the Zulu.



Inkatha breakthrough imminent with NP, ANC [1994]

The Ingonyama Trust was established in 1994 to manage land owned by the government of KwaZulu immediately prior to the Act’s commencement. The Trust was established by the KwaZulu-Natal Ingonyama Trust Act, which was enacted by the  KwaZulu Legislative Assembly and came into effect on 24 April 1994.



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Ingonyama Trust Board is a Schedule 3A Public Entity in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). It is responsible for the administration of the affairs of the Ingonyama Trust.

The Ingonyama Trust was established in 1994 by the erstwhile KwaZulu Government in terms of the KwaZulu Ingonyama Trust Act, (Act No 3KZ of 1994) to hold all the land that was owned or belonged to the KwaZulu Government. 

The mandate of the Trust is to hold all this land for the “benefit, material welfare and social well-being of the members of the tribes and communities” living on the land. The sole trustee to land under Ingonyama Trust is His Majesty the King Zwelithini Goodwill kaBhekuzulu.   

In the administration of the affairs of the Trust the Ingonyama Trust Board works with AmaKhosi across the province of KwaZulu – Natal in ensuring sustainable development of the land under the Trust. Part of our responsibilities in partnership with AmaKhosi is to manage the land and make sure that it does not exchange hands and that it stays under the Trust.





His Majesty the King is the sole Trustee of the land. The Amendment Act provides, among other things, for the establishment of Ingonyama Trust Board to administer the affairs of the Trust and the Trust land.

There are at least four provisions in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996) which are crucial in order to grasp the context and the environment in which Ingonyama Trust find expression. 

Section 211 and 212 recognise the institution of traditional leadership and customary law, subject to the constitution. Section 2 of the Constitution provides for the supremacy of the constitution and provides that law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the obligations imposed by it must be fulfilled. 

While the Ingonyama Trust predates the Constitution, its existence finds expression and protection under the provisions quoted above and Section 25 of the constitution. 

Firstly, the land which the Trust is the nominal owner of is administered mainly in terms of Zulu customary law. The land is divided according to clans under the leadership of Traditional Leaders (AMAKHOSI) who in turn are responsible to the King in terms of customary law. Hence the King is the only Trustee of Ingonyama Trust.   

The enabling Act was amended in 1997 to create a Board separate from the Trust to administer the trust and its assets which include land. This amendment tried as far as possible to align itself with the practice under customary law. The King for all practical purposes is relieved of all hands on administration. This is left to Board members none of whom is a trustee.

Communally the land is owned by the clans as a collective in respect of each demarcated area. In turn each member of each clan is entitled through the procedures under customary law to have ownership of his/her allotment. 

The land which Ingonyama Trust owns, is the property envisaged in Section 25(1) of the constitution. Thus while not each and every member of the beneficial clans has a registered title deed in respect of his/her allotment, such ownership is protected by the law.

While Section 25(6) provides for the enactment of a legislation to strengthen land right ownership to address past historical racial inequalities, it is submitted that land beneficiaries of Ingonyama Trust land can have access to such protection even currently.

The Ingonyama Trust land is still the most economically accessible land in the province. However, due to population exponential growth strong measures are to be applied in land allocation by the Traditional Councils on the ground. 

For this to happen, the Ingonyama Trust Board needs to expedite policy formulation and cascade it to the Traditional Councils sooner than late.

The Trust mandate is not confined to land ownership only. It is entitled to do anything which a corporate body may do, subject to the enabling legislation.




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The Communal Land Rights Act 11 of 2004 provides for legal security of tenure by transferring communal land, including KwaZulu-Natal Ingonyama land, to communities, or awardings comparable redress; for the conduct of a land rights enquiry to determine the transition from old order rights to new order rights; for the democratic administration of communal land by communities; for Land Rights Boards; for the co-operative performance of municipal functions on communal land; and for matters incidental thereto.


Where are the Ingonyama Trust? In Kwazulu-Natal, province in South Africa.

Land Will Not Be Taken During My Reign' - King Zwelithini On Ingonyama Trust  - Inside Politic

Ingonyama Trustland 1994 agreement


 While land rights over land administered by the Ingonyama Trust have strong
protection, these rights are not well known.
 If you or anyone you know has their land rights threatened, please immediately contact AFRA at 033 345 7607 or, or Michael Clark or Stha Yeni of the Centre for Law and Society at UCT, by phone at 021 650 3360 or by email at


The Ingonyama Trust was the outcome of a deal between the National Party and the Inkatha Freedom Party (and ANC) during the dying days of apartheid just before the transition in 1994. The Trust was established to manage land owned by the government of KwaZulu, and is currently responsible for managing some 2.8 million hectares of land in KwaZulu-Natal. The land vests in the Ingonyama (or king) as trustee, to be administered on behalf of members of specific communities.

While the Trust has wide powers to manage the land, the law also provides that the land rights of individuals and communities under the Trust must be respected by the Trust. This fact sheet seeks to examine the Ingonyama Trust Act, which created the Trust, to consider the nature of individual and community land rights under the Trust.


The Ingonyama Trust was established in 1994 to manage land owned by the  government of KwaZulu immediately prior to the Act’s commencement. The Trust was established by the KwaZulu-Natal Ingonyama Trust Act, which was enacted by the KwaZulu Legislative Assembly and came into effect on 24 April 1994. The trust land vests in the Ingonyama, King Zwelithini, as trustee on behalf of members of communities defined in the Act. The Act was significantly amended in 1997 to create the KwaZulu-Natal Ingonyama Trust Board to administer the land in accordance with the Act. The current chairperson of the Board is former judge Jerome Ngwenya.

Key provisions of the Act

 Section 2(2) – “The Trust shall, in a manner not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, be administered for the benefit, material welfare and social wellbeing of the members of the tribes and communities as contemplated in the KwaZulu Amakhosi and Iziphakanyiswa Act.”
 Section 2(3) – “The Ingonyama shall be the trustee of the Trust which shall  be administered subject to the provisions of this Act by the Ingonyama and the board.”
 Section 2(4) – “The Ingonyama may, subject to the provisions of this Act and any other law, deal with the land referred to in section 3(1) in accordance with Zulu indigenous law or any other applicable law.” (Lawyers advise that “may” probably means “must” in this context)
Section 2(5) – “The Ingonyama shall not encumber, pledge, lease, alienate or otherwise dispose of any of the said land or any interest or real right in the land, unless he has obtained the prior written consent of the traditional authority or community authority concerned.”
 Section 2(7) – Notwithstanding the provisions of this Act, any national land reform programme established and implemented in terms of any law shall apply to the land referred to in section 3(1): Provided that the implementation of any such programme on the land referred to in section 3(1) shall be undertaken after consultation with the Ingonyama.”
 Section 2(8) – “In the execution of his or her functions in terms of this section the Ingonyama shall not infringe upon any existing rights or interests.”



As seen in the map on the back page of this fact sheet, the Ingonyama Trust administers significant amounts of land across KwaZulu-Natal. The Trust estimates that it administers some 2.8 million hectares. Given the Trust’s wide powers and broad impact, it is important to understand the rights of people living on land administered by the Trust.    Recently, it has become clear that there are two ways in which the Trust is threatening the rights of rural communities:
 by authorising mining activities and other developments on the land, which is frequently done without proper community consultation and could lead to the deprivation of use rights and access to land; and
 by converting people’s land rights (over land occupied and inherited by families over generations) into lease agreements.

These actions affect the community rights and individual rights of people living on Trust land, and will be discussed in more detail below



As stated above, the Act places a burden upon the Trust to administer the land for the material benefit and social well-being of communities listed in the Act. This places an obligation upon the Trust to not conclude agreements in relation to community land that would prejudice community members. This obligation is enforceable in the courts.

One of the specific protections in this regard is that the written consent of local traditional leaders must be obtained before any steps are taken in regard to land rights. This does not mean that the written consent of a traditional leader is enough to establish that the Trust is acting in the best interests of a community. If the Trust enters into an agreement about land rights that is harmful to the community, it can be challenged.

The problem is that it may be difficult to prove the harmfulness of the Trust’s decisions in some circumstances. While an agreement that is clearly negative for the community can be challenged, many agreements will come with both advantages and disadvantages. As courts will generally tend to leave decision-making to the trustees’ discretion, it seems likely that only decisions that seriously undermine community rights will succeed.   Community objections and disapproval will not necessarily be enough to legally challenge a decision of the Trust.

Community consultation

While the content of an agreement may be difficult to challenge, a lack of community consultation may result in possibilities for challenging an agreement on procedural grounds.

Section 2(4) of the Act establishes that the Ingonyama may administer the land in accordance with Zulu customary law. Section 2(8) establishes that the Ingonyama shall not interfere with existing rights or interests to the land. According to a study of customary land law in Msinga conducted by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), when an outsider is seeking access to land it is not sufficient for them to merely receive the approval of an Inkosi or an Induna.

The demarcation of the land must include the consultation of the Ibandla and the potential neighbours of the outsider applying for land. A similar study by the LEAP project found that the agreement of the potential neighbours is essential for an outsider to be allocated land. The Ibandla must also be consulted.

Customary land law clearly requires consultation with neighbours and the Ibandla. If an agreement is made to give rights to community land to an outsider without such consultation, communities may be able to challenge this agreement in a court. The Constitution upholds rights derived from customary law that are consistent with the
Bill of Rights in sections 39(3) and 211(3).

The Promotion of Administrative Justice Act

Apart from the rights under the Trust Act, affected communities may also challenge decisions the Trust makes in regard to land under the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000 (PAJA). PAJA regulates administrative action (the exercise of government power or performance of a public function) to ensure that it is exercised in a just fashion.

PAJA defines administrative action as including action by non-state bodies exercising a government power or performing a public function in terms of law. There is no doubt that the Ingonyama Trust is subject to the PAJA and administrative law.

The PAJA provides for fair administrative action in two sections. Both require that the
people affected by the decision participate in the process of making it.

 Section 3 sets out the requirements for fair administrative action when a person’s rights or expectations of fairness are involved. Unless there are clear reasons for not doing so, a person whose rights would be affected is entitled to be informed
about the proposed action, to request reasons for the action, and to be consulted regarding the action.
 Section 4 sets out the requirements for procedurally fair administrative action where a proposed administrative action affects the rights of the public in ways that cause them significant harm. If the rights of the public are affected, the trustee must either hold an open public inquiry or give people the opportunity to comment on the action, or both.  Where individual rights are affected, or public rights are adversely affected, the Ingonyama Trust must comply with the public consultation requirements set out above. If it does not, the decisions it makes may be set aside if the Trust is not able to justify why it acted as it did.


While the claim of community interests may prove difficult, individual rights are easier to protect. Section 2(8) clearly provides a guarantee against the Trust undermining existing rights and interests. This means that if a person currently has a right to occupy land, this right cannot be interfered with by the Trust except as permitted  by law, including customary law.

Strong rights in customary law

In reviewing land tenure security under customary law, Professor Kerr notes that in customary law an individual’s right to land are very strong in relation to inheritance and law. While traditional leaders played a role in administering land, Professor Delius finds that “once land was allocated to households it was very unusual for it to be reclaimed by a chief or a local leader.”

In surveying current land rights under customary law in KwaZulu-Natal, the LEAP project found that land tenure security traditionally was very strong and could only be interfered with if occupants committed very serious crimes.

The Trust also recognises that people have very strong rights over the land. The Trust’s chairperson, Jerome Ngwenya, has said that “people who live according to indigenous law and custom know that their rights are not adequately described by leasehold as theirs is more than this”. He has even acknowledged that “in reality are the true owners. They derive their rights of occupation from historical rights of various clans (tribes).”

It is therefore clear that individuals have strong rights to land that they occupy. If the Ingonyama Trust were to attempt to dispose of occupied land contrary to customary law or other law, it would clearly infringe section 2(8)’s protection against the loss of rights.

Converting land rights into lease agreements

Despite these statements the Trust has increasingly been converting people’s customary or informal rights over the Trust land into lease agreements – which is generally a weaker type of right. In fact, since 2007 the Trust has largely stopped providing other forms of tenure security to people living on the land. The Trust has also claimed that lease agreements strengthen the rights of the people living on Trust land rather than diminishing them.

In reality, lease agreements mean that the people on Trust land are paying rental to live on land that they effectively ‘own’. This problem is worsened by the fact that there are no clear limitations on the amounts of rental the Trust can claim in relation to the land.

The Trust’s reasons for converting people’s rights into leases

The Trust has given a number of reasons for converting people’s rights into leases.

These reasons are will be discussed below.

Previously, permission to occupy certificates (PTOs) were an important form of tenure which people living on the Trust land were provided.

Historically, the former homelands had the power to issue PTOs to black people living on Trust land.

However, these powers were jeopardised by the repeal of Bantustan legislation after South Africa became a democratic country in 1994.

The only exception was KwaZulu-Natal, where the Minister of Land Affairs delegated this power to the provincial MEC for Traditional and Local Government in September 1998. PTO certificates could therefore be issued by the provincial government in KwaZulu-Natal. 

(Note:  ALL Provinces are part of ANC government – Provinces are Government levels 2 – Same with all Municipalities that are level 3 government – all under National Government of ANC – Constitution and all national legislations – B-BBEE – mining rights – land rights – reform – etc)


The Trust claims that this created an unusual situation in terms of which someone other than the Trust (the provincial MEC) could issue tenure rights over Trust land, while the Trust had the power to provide all other forms of tenure (provided that the Trust could obtain the consent of the relevant traditional council). The Trust considered this problematic. In response, the Trust concluded an agreement (presumably with the MEC) that no new PTO certificates would be issued over Trust land after 1 April 2007.

It thus seems that issuing leases over the Trust land was one of the ways in which the Trust sought to strengthen its own power in relation to holding and administering the Trust land. The Trust has also tried to convert existing PTOs (which remain legally valid) into leases.

Another main reason the Trust is converting people’s rights into leases is that rental income is the main income of the Trust. The Trust expects that in 2015, it will receive R15.3 million in rental income. The Trust has often stated that the rental it receives in terms of leases is significantly more than it would receive in terms of PTOs.   For example, the Trust received R100 annually in terms of residential PTOs but receives, on average, R1000 annually in terms of lease agreements.

The Trust argues that signing lease agreements has therefore increased the revenue of the Trust which is advantageous to the beneficiaries of the Trust, but this loses sight of the fact that it is the beneficiaries of the Trust who have to pay the rental in the first place.

The Trust argues that it encourages people living on the land to conclude lease agreements because lease agreements are formal documents that “can be interpreted in the context of the common law”.

The Trust thus argues that the customary rights that people have over the land are not registered or documented and that leases would provide more protection to people. This argument is clearly incorrect as leases give people weaker rights over the land than they had before as they can be evicted from the land if they do not pay the rental amounts consistently.

Tenure security through IPILRA

Section 2(7) of the Act establishes that any national land reform programme shall apply to the land of the Ingonyama Trust. Section 25(6) of the Constitution provides for an Act of Parliament to ensure tenure security for those who lack it due to past racially discriminatory laws or practices. While it was meant to be temporary, the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act (IPILRA) has been renewed every year to fulfil section 25(6) of the Constitution. IPILRA protects “informal rights to land”. These informal rights are defined to include rights to use, occupy or access land in terms of customary law in the former KwaZulu and other former homeland areas. It therefore applies to people who use, occupy or access land administered by the Ingonyama Trust.

Section 2(1) provides that people who have such informal rights to land may not be deprived of these rights without their consent. They may only be deprived of land without their consent if the disposal of the land is approved by the majority of those who hold such rights within an affected community. If they are deprived of the land based on a community decision, they are entitled to compensation.

It is therefore clear that occupants of land under the Ingonyama Trust have very strong protections in terms of IPILRA.





Gebiede was eers reservate en kroongebiede genoem na ongeveer 1840 (Mfecane oorloë), waartydens daar ‘n beleid in 1854 aanvaar is, wat die Shepstone Beleid was en in London uitgevaardig.


Zoeloes – Ingonyama Trust and land reform

Ingonyama Trust – King Goodwill Zwelithini –

Ingonyama Trustgebied (en andere)

Richtersveld – KHOISAN AND CPA

Swart boere – Black farmers

Indigenous land (old homelands) – Trustland – CPA – landclaims

Black – Khoi san
Traditional leaders South Africa: 8840


2019 – Land report recommendations on Ingonyama Trust

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