Royal indignation: King condemns whoonga smokers

2010-12-20 00:00

ZULU King Goodwill Zwelithini has expressed shock at reports that people with HIV and Aids are being mugged for their anti-retroviral medicines by smokers of whoonga, a drug containing rat poison, dagga, ARVs and sometimes cocaine.

Speaking during this year’s umkhosi wokweshwama (first fruits) festival held at the Nyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma, the king said he his ashamed to hear that Aids sufferers are being robbed of their medicines. He labelled such acts “immoral”.

After the controversy surrounding the ritual killing of a bull at last year’s ceremony, the event this year went almost unnoticed.

The office of the Public Protector delegated advocate Sipho Cishe to witness the event at the request of animal rights group Compassion in World Farming-SA. The Witness understands that Cishe is preparing a report of his observations.

Only circumcised men participated in the bull killing ritual. Among those who witnessed it were KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize, Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Inkatha Freedom party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

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