Inkosi Mandla Zwelivelile Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, has commended the Zulu King Misuzulu for standing up against the looting and public violence taking place in KZN and Gauteng.
“We welcome the commitment of the Zulu monarch to restore calm and condemn riotous behaviour! We welcome the statement by Zulu monarch His Majesty King Misuzulu kaZwelithini condemning the looting, public violence and loss of property and lives,” said Inkosi Zwelivelile in a statement issued this morning from the Palace of Mvezo.
Inkosi Zwelivelile is the tribal chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council.
He said that King Misuzulu did his father’s legacy proud by taking such a bold and courageous stand in the face of the raging flames in KZN and Gauteng.
“This is the kind of leadership which is required in this time of crisis,” he said.
“We call on other monarchs, traditional leaders, community leaders and activists across our country to follow his example and join hands to restore peace and ensure the safety and security of the lives and property of all South Africans,” he said.
Inkosi Zwelivelile also saluted all South Africans for keeping calm under very difficult circumstances and for sending a clear message to the provocateurs and looters.
He warned looters that they will not allow the nation’s hard-earned democracy to descend any further into chaos, lawlessness and destruction.
Inkosi Zwelivelile also called on President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government to consider measures to support small businesses to rebuild their enterprises and assist those who have suffered devastating losses.