Mandela later told SowetanLIVE that the issue was that there was a law that gave taxpayers' money to the Zulu kingdom to assist the Ingonyama Trust board, while the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs recognises many other kings and queens throughout the country - but those monarchs do not get the same kind of support.
“We are saying, as a committee, that if we are to use taxpayers' money it shouldn't be biased only to one entity, but be inclusive of all traditional leaders who are recognised as kings and queens,” he said.
Mandela said equal treatment would mean the establishment of other trusts for other traditional leaders who are regarded as kings and queens.
“Look, the department is spending R20m per fiscal [year] on the Ingonyama Trust. It's not doing that anywhere else in the country,” he said.
He called for all traditional lands to be given equal treatment as they were all affected historically. “This could be a fitting tribute to those who were first in the line of defence in the fight against colonialism and dispossession," he said.
Meanwhile, agriculture, land reform and rural development minister Thoko Didiza bemoaned the failure to uphold the law of trusts that were established to hold the land asset on behalf of communities. She highlighted this as being among the challenges facing her department.
Didiza, who was tabling her department's budget vote speech, cited a recent incident of Mthwalume in the Mathuluni area in KwaZulu-Natal as indicative of the challenges that were being experienced in respect of communal property associations (CPAs).
A manager of a farm owned by the Mathulini CPA was attacked and thrown into a fire last week in a suspected attempt to hijack a 7,500ha land claim valued at more than R300m. It is understood that there is a dispute over the ownership of the land, which the courts have previously said belonged to the Mathulini CPA.