Chiefs: ‘Probe land claims’

Eastern Cape traditional leaders have called on the provincial government to invest money and other resources into a forensic investigation of land ownership across the province.

ROUND TABLE: Outgoing Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders’ chairman Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, with amaXhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu and provincial premier Phumulo Masualle during the opening of the house of traditional leaders ceremony in Bhisho yesterday. PICTURE ASANDA NINI

The traditional leaders yesterday said hundreds of thousands of indigenous communities were still living in squalor after they were dispossessed of their land centuries ago.

Speaking at the annual opening of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHOTL) in Bhisho yesterday, ECHOTL’s provincial chair Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima urged government to speed up the process of identifying communities stripped of their land during the many wars of dispossession which started more than two centuries ago.