The Democratic Alliance says it is "appalled at the manner in which the community's desires appear to have been sidelined" in the fight for a chunk of ancestral land in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
The Macambini community is caught up in a battle between two Middle East developers who want to spend billions of rands to build a massive tourist resort.
DA caucus leader Roger Burrows says the fate of the Macambini people is hanging in the balance because Premier S'bu Ndebele is forging ahead with the plans without having consulted the community.
"The Macambini people have accused Ndebele of 'stealing their idea' to develop the land, claiming they forwarded their own proposals for development to the Ingonyama Trust Board as far back as 1993," Burrows says..
The community refuses to leave the land to make way for the development, which is backed by the province, business and King Goodwill Zwelithini.
The Ruwaad consortium proposes to invest more than R55billion on 16500ha while Sport Cities International (SCI) wants to spend R23billion on 1000ha.
The community has instructed their leader, Inkosi Khayelihle Mathaba, to sign a deal with SCI, which has given the assurance that it will not move anyone off the land.
Burrows says the ITB, which has warned that removing people from the land could threaten the stature of the inkosi, appears to be supporting the community.
Clarification on the matter is expected to be given at a press briefing this week.