IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has warned that ugly conflicts could erupt between traditional leaders and their subjects if a section of the Communal Land Rights Act was not scrapped.
He said traditional leaders in the country and KwaZulu-Natal were against the act.
Section 4 of the act rules that local committees in rural areas must have 60percent community and 40percent traditional council representation.
It gives the committee the powers to use their majority to discuss and dictate on the usage of a particular piece of land without consulting a local traditional leader.
Speaking in his capacity as the provincial and district chairman of the House of Traditional Leaders, Buthelezi slammed the act, saying it would create unnecessary conflict if it is not changed.
"I must warn against this act because it's certainly going to create conflict. All amakhosi made clear two weeks ago when they met in Durban that they are against it," he said.
Buthelezi said the act was merely created to tarnish the dignity of traditional leaders and the institution of the Zulu monarch.
He said the institution of the monarch was recently humiliated because the government had failed to deliberate and handle all matters relating to traditional leadership, including the king.
Buthelezi said amakhosi were concerned about the mushrooming of wannabe kings, who want to be accorded the same status as current Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini.
Zwelithini said all the challenges and problems facing the country were as a result of a loss of respect.
But Mike Mabuyakhulu, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for local government, housing and traditional affairs, defended the act, saying it was merely created to benefit the local people.