ANC leaders warned not to disrespect King Misuzulu 

By Celani Sikhakhane

Zulu King Misuzulu KaZwelithini’s commanders voiced their concerns over what they see as disrespect from ANC leaders over crucial decisions made by the king, especially regarding the appointment of his traditional prime minister.

On Monday, ANC KZN provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo said on Ukhozi FM that the party did not recognise Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi’s appointment as the king’s traditional prime minister. 

That followed ANC KZN chairperson Siboniso Duma’s controversial performance on Saturday at an event in kwaCeza to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the death of King Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo.

Duma grabbed the microphone from Buthelezi and would not allow him to introduce the king.

Induna Sipho Mhlongo, commander of the Zulu regiments, addressed the media in Durban on Tuesday and criticised Duma for publicly humiliating the king by opposing the appointment of Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi during the event,

Mhlongo said: “The appointment of Buthelezi by King Misuzulu KaZwelithini should be respected. If it’s challenged, it’s akin to undermining the king. We demand an apology from Duma for his disrespectful actions during the King Dinuzulu commemoration.”

He warned that Duma’s actions could lead to violence and suggested that Duma might have to compensate the Zulu monarchy with 100 cattle for dishonouring the royal house. The exact compensation will be determined by the king.

Concerns were also raised by Induna Muzi Nyandeni regarding disrespectful public statements by ANC leaders and cultural and heritage expert Professor Musa Xulu. Nyandeni urged Xulu to cease his public criticisms of the king to avoid inciting violence.

Following a declaration that Duma would be barred from royal ceremonies until an apology was made, the commanders later clarified that only King Misuzulu could make such a decision. 

The change in stance came after the commanders reportedly faced pressure from influential individuals to retract their initial statement.

Pictured above: Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini’s commanders during their address to the media in Durban.

Image source: Celani Sikhakhane


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