PORT ELIZABETH, February 5 (ANA) – The Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings said on Wednesday that it would table a report for debate before the NCOP on the claim from Votani Majola that the Thembuland Royal Empire were the original owners of the land covering all of South Africa…
The petition was submitted to the NCOP in 2018 and referred to the select committee, which invited the petitioner and other stakeholders for further inputs before compiling the report.
Committee chairperson, Zukiswa Ncitha, said the committee had complied with all the requirements of processing a petition.
“We have looked at all the issues and found out that at the crux of the petition is the issue of land, but also without undermining the issues of housing, public works and complaints about the Eastern Cape Office of the Premier, which he also raises and a number of political dissatisfaction and complaints,” she said.
Ncitha said the committee was unable to make any move on the issue of land because of the process that was underway in the National Assembly on the possible amendment of section 25 of the Constitution, to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
“As soon as the National Assembly completes that process, we will be able to respond to the petitioner. We will communicate that to the petitioner and respond to the other matters,” Ncitha said.
Emperor claims AbaThembu people were the first to arrive in SA
In the petition Majola, who calls himself Emperor Thembu II of the AbaThembu Royal Empire, submitted that he represents AbaThembu from all the nine provinces and claims that AbaThembu were the first to arrive in South Africa more than 2,300 years ago.
He submitted that this is informed by a variety of factors that include, but are not limited to, historical factors, heritage factors, traditional factors, cultural factors and many more.
He further suggests that a genuine debate on land must start with the original land owners who are the AbaThembu Nation.