‘Bring back holiness’ for Zulus to prosper, urges king

2012-05-04 00:00

MORE than 200 traditional leaders in the Zulu kingdom yesterday backed the call by King Goodwill Zwelithini for the formation of a rural development bank.

Experts who attended the last session of the Ingonyama Rural Development Forum described this move as a milestone for traditional leaders, saying it was their first opportunity to take part in the development of the rural areas with the government and business sectors.

Eleven traditional leaders, all chairpersons in the local house of traditional leaders of 11 districts in the province, were chosen to become executive committee members of the forum.

Addressing the amakhosi at the forum, held at the Royal Showgrounds, the king said: “I do not want any alcoholics to be part of this forum because I want my vision to be taken seriously and if there are any among you who indulge in alcohol then you must reduce [your consumption].”

The king said he wanted traditional leaders to be actively involved in rooting out criminal elements plaguing rural communities so that they could start using indigenous knowledge to create wealth for the nation.

He wanted brave people who could deal with the challenges ahead.

“I want to bring back the holiness that was associated with the Zulu nation so that you can rise to the occasion of alleviating poverty, which has plagued my people,” the king said.

“It is time for you to go out there and work towards changing the lives of my people.”

Inkosi Nsikayezwe Zondi, chairperson of the Royal Household in uMgungundlovu, welcomed the king’s call and said they would work towards achieving his goal.

“We also support the king’s call for people to reduce alcohol intake so that we can focus on making this a reality for the king and his subjects.”

Zondi said they were prepared to work with all stakeholders because for the first time in history amakhosi had been given a huge project to head.

Ithala group executive Yvonne Zwane said the finance institution welcomed the king’s call for another development bank, but she needed more time to respond to the proposal.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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