By MOGOMOTSI magazine, associated Press
Johannesburg (AP) – King Goodwill Zelithini, the traditional leader of South Africa’s 12 million Zulu people, has been laid to rest in a private ceremony on Thursday morning.
72-year-old Zvellithini died of health problems related to diabetes last Friday and was referred to as “Uskutulwa Quenkosi” in a traditional ceremony involving only senior men of the royal family, many wearing skins and colorful Zulu regalia. Huh.
Reigning for more than 50 years, Zwelithini was the longest-serving emperor of the Zulu nation, the largest ethnic group of South Africa’s 60 million people. KwaZulu-Natal Province, where most of the country’s Zoolas live.
Historically, the Zulu nation gave early resistance to British colonialism from 1816 to 1828 under the leadership of King Shaka Zulu.
Zwelithini was a supporter of traditional Zulu customs and the most influential of South African traditional leaders who do not hold political office, but have considerable influence, especially among rural people in South Africa. He is credited with speaking openly for encouraging public education to control the HIV / AIDS epidemic through South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.
After Jewelithini was buried, President Cyril Ramaphosa was among the speakers at a memorial service that praised the king.
“It was during his reign that the Zulu nation attained harmony and peace. It was during his reign that his people along with all the people of our country fulfilled the dream of freedom from colonialism and injustice of apartheid.
Others attending the memorial include former President Jacob Zuma, Zulu and Princess Charlene of Monaco, who hail from South Africa.
Before the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, Zelithini was lauded for his role in ending political violence in KwaZulu-Natal province. He is credited with encouraging the Zulus to participate in elections and not to engage in violent attacks. Across the country.
However, Zelvithini’s legacy has not become obsolete, and this week the royal house threatened to take legal action against the City Press newspaper for publishing an outspoken opinion about the king’s rule.
In the article, City Press editor-in-chief Mondali Makhania accused Zwelithini of being a puppet of the former apartheid-minority regime of South Africa before the transition to democracy.
Makhania alleged that Zwelithini was responsible for a number of deaths as he collaborated with apartheid regime and leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Prince Mangosuthu Butelezi, in his quest to create an independent ruling state and reject democratic reforms.
The Zulu royal family issued a statement condemning Makhania’s statements as “lewd lies” and said “it will take necessary steps after the mourning is complete.”
The royal family will meet to determine who will succeed Jewelithini.
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