‘Zwelethini is the rightful king’

2010-07-30 00:00

KING Goodwill Zwelithini is the correct person to be recognised as the king of the amaZulu, while the claim for the restoration of the kingship of the Ama­hlubi is not recognised by the Nhlapho Commission.

KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize made this announcement in the KZN Legislature yesterday.

He told the sitting that he is conveying this message from Pre­sident Jacob Zuma regarding the findings of the commission on the traditional leadership situation in KwaZulu-Natal.

Former President Thabo Mbeki appointed the Nhlap­o Commission to resolve traditional leadership disputes and claims.

Zuma released the report yesterday.

According to Mkhize, the commission confirmed the kingship of King Zwelithini.

He said the commission investigated the claim of restoration of kingship of the Amahlubi.

The findings were that the community is scattered throughout South Africa.

“The Amahlubi have been unable to sustain their kingship, if it ever existed.

“The commission resolved that no kingship should be restored to the Amahlubi because there is none,” added Mkhize.

He said he had met Zwelithini and with Inkosi M.J. Radebe, who represented the Amahlubi community, to convey the South African president’s message and to explain the findings of the commission.

“Both meetings were characterised by mutual respect and the commitment to co-operate further on matters of development in this province,”said the premier.

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