Buthelezi hails Zulu survival

2010-09-27 00:00

THE Zulu nation is still standing because of the legacy of King Shaka kaSenzangakhona. “who birthed this national through battle, sacrifice and vision”.

This was said by Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi in a speech introducing Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini at KwaDukuza sports ground on Saturday at the commemoration of the birth of King Shaka.

Buthelezi said that for some 150 years the Zulu nation has stood against those who wished to strip away its power by dividing it the way the British did in the wake of the Anglo-Zulu War, “or by ignoring us and systematically diminishing the authority and role of our traditional leaders”.

“The apartheid regime tried to do the same and also failed … We successfully stood against being fragmented and balkanised into foreigners in the country of our birth …

“The Zulu nation is still standing. On this day, as we commemorate King Shaka, we are given the opportunity to express our pride and strength as a nation …” Buthelezi said.

The IFP leader said he has staked his political career on serving the interests of the Zulu nation.

“I have warned against sidelining the Zulu culture and its accepted social structure. I have painstakingly followed the legislative process since democracy and pointed out every instance in which we are compromised. I have sought solutions, I have pursued agreement and I have heard many promises being made.”

Buthelezi also expressed his anger at the portrayal of King Shaka in the statue at King Shaka International Airport.

“It was therefore a surprise, and almost an insult, when King Shaka … was portrayed, in a statue outside the new King Shaka International Airport, as a herdboy. One would not expect to see, at any international venue, a statue of former president Nelson Mandela as a herdboy.

“We thank … our king for the stand that he took, which resulted in that grotesque caricature of our founder being removed …”

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