President attends gathering of Zuma clan in Greytown

2012-09-10 00:00

THE Zuma clan held a feast in Greytown to celebrate the fourth annual Inkosi Matomela Zuma lecture on Saturday.

Inkosi Matomela was a trusted warrior and confidant of King Shaka.

Eight sheep and 16 cows were slaughtered for the event, which marked the reunion of the entire Zuma clan.

President Jacob Zuma joined the celebrations later in the day after officiating at the funeral service of Sister Bernard Ncube in Soweto.

Most of the slaughtered livestock was donated by the eight regions representing the Zuma clan. Two cows were donated by the Zuma amakhosi in Nkandla and Impendle and the president gave six cows towards the event, which was held at Lakeside Dam, according to insiders.

Home Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was showered with gifts and the Zuma clan wished her well in her new position as chairperson of the African Union Commission.

The women wore bright traditional garments and amabutho (Zulu warriors) were clad in traditional attire.

The ceremony began with the burning of incense to communicate with the Zuma ancestors and celebrations marked by traditional dancing by amabutho and Zulu maidens.

The president looked on with a smile.

Zuma spoke of the need to unite the clan and to help those in need.

“We would like to encourage other families to do the same because such a function also plays a vital role in preserving the history of where we come from as Africans,” he said.

Such unity and support also helped the younger generation understand who they were and where they came from because this was the only time the young and old came together in celebration of their ancestry, Zuma said.

The function was followed by a fundraising gala dinner, to which members of the media were barred entry.

The Witness understands that the money raised from the gala diner will be used for the Matomela Trust, which was established to help educate the children of the Zuma clan.

Among the guests were Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who is from the Greytown area, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize, SABC2 Muvhango creator Duma Ndlovu, several amakhosi, including Nsikayezwe Zondi of KwaMpumuza, and a delegation of Chinese businesspeople.

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