Zulu queen mother reburied

2011-05-09 00:00

THE mother of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, Queen Thomozile Jezangani kaNdwandwe, was a staunch African National Congress member and participated in most of the protests organised by the ANC in Durban during the 1950s.

This was mentioned by various speakers at the queen’s reburial service and during the unveiling of her tombstone in Cato Manor in Durban at the weekend.

The queen mother, who was King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon’s second wife, died in 1958 and was buried as a commoner in an unmarked grave in December 1958 after leaving the Zulu royal family to stay with relatives in uMkhumbane, allegedly after she became estranged from King Cyprian.

During the Anglican funeral service on Saturday, the KZN chairperson of the ANC Women’s League, Lungile Gcabashe, said ”Queen Thomo”, as she was affectionately known, participated in the ANCWL campaign to stop African men from drinking sorghum beer in government beerhalls and was also active in organising the 1950s potato boycott by Africans.

At the unveiling ceremony yesterday, the ANCWL president, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshegka, confirmed this.

Among the top ANCWL KZN leaders who were associated with the queen were the late Florence Mkhize, who had an eThekwini Municipal building named after her, the late ANC MP Dorothy Nyembe, and the late former Natal Organisation for Women leader Tryphina “MaMbhoxela” Njokweni.

The king did not attend the funeral service on Saturday as Zulu custom dictates, but delivered an emotional address at the unveiling ceremony. The ceremony was also addressed by President Jacob Zuma, Premier Zweli Mkhize and Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

The king described how he suffered internally for more than 50 years not knowing where his mother was buried

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