King Zwelithini’s son accuses Gwede Mantashe of double standards 

By Celani Sikhakhane

The son of the late Zulu King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu has told ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe to stop insulting Zulu people.

On Monday Prince Simakade kaZwelithini lambasted Mantashe and accused him of using insulting words after the ANC fell out of power in KwaZulu-Natal during the 29 May general elections. 

“Your party which is the ANC failed dismally to capture the hearts of my father’s people and South Africans in general during the election campaigns. Then Mantashe retorted by spitting bigotry, insults and disparaging remarks that Zulus voted along tribal lines. 

“He did not say this in 2004 when the ANC snatched the KZN province from the IFP of which, through the years, people like him have been branding as a Zulu nationalist party,” said Prince Simakade.

He pointed out that political parties such as EFF, DA and ANC got a lot of votes from the Zulus.

His Royal Highness stated that such remarks are very dangerous because the ANC in the Eastern Cape where Xhosas are dominant and where many ANC Xhosa leaders come from has been winning elections since 1994.

Mantashe said the rise of the MK party led by former ANC president Jacob Zuma shows that the people of KZN voted along tribal lines.

Prince Simakade said that the failures of the ANC in government are to be blamed for the party being booted out of power in many provinces.

The Prince has been a critic of the ANC government ever since it started to recognise his half brother King Misuzulu KaZwelithini as the Zulu King.

He is still fighting in court for the throne and his matter with President Cyril Ramaphosa is at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. 

For the first time in history the ANC won’t field a KZN premier candidate as their tally of votes was under 20%.

Pictured above: Prince Simakade kaZwelithini slams ANC chair Gwede Mantashe over tribalism claim.

Source: X


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