Gogo Sibisi just wants her land

08 February 2018 - 07:43 By TimesLIVE
THIS LAND IS OUR LAND Joyce Nzimande, Cecilia Sibiso and Ntombikayise Mthethwa of the non-governmental organisation Nonkasa Senior Citizens and Disabled Community Project in Mnini in Umgababa, south of Durban, on a piece of land and buildings they say were allocated by Inkosi Phathisizwe Luthuli for their project.
THIS LAND IS OUR LAND Joyce Nzimande, Cecilia Sibiso and Ntombikayise Mthethwa of the non-governmental organisation Nonkasa Senior Citizens and Disabled Community Project in Mnini in Umgababa, south of Durban, on a piece of land and buildings they say were allocated by Inkosi Phathisizwe Luthuli for their project.
Image: THULI DLAMINI

Gogo Cecilia Sibisi has one thing on her bucket list: to get the land she was promised a decade ago.

She is blaming the loss of her land on the Ingonyama Trust, which administers 2.8-million hectares of land on behalf of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. The monarch is the sole trustee of the organisation, which generates more than R100-million in revenue.

Sibisi claimed that a local chief gave her a piece of land and some derelict buildings, where she wanted to create a home for the elderly and disabled. But, after investing about R30,000 in renovations from a donation, Sibisi said she discovered the land had also been given to a pastor.

The 82-year-old Sibisi is one of 16 people who have turned to the Legal Resources Centre to launch a challenge against the trust after it sent out notices to those living on its land, asking them surrender their existing land rights into 40-year leases.

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