King Goodwill Zwelithini speech praised

By Drum Digital
25 June 2014

Political parties welcomed Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's speech, to mark the official opening of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

Political parties welcomed Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's speech on Wednesday, to mark the official opening of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature. In his address on Wednesday, Zwelithini focused on unity and cultural tolerance, and criticised government's public outreach programmes called izimbizo. He called for prayers for the abducted girls in Nigeria. Democratic Alliance caucus leader Sizwe Mchunu said the speech, delivered in Pietermaritzburg, demanded introspection from parties across the political spectrum.

"We welcome his majesty's call on izimbizo because it is our belief that they serve a purpose that is contrary to what this province needs," Mchunu said.

He challenged the African National Congress to take the king's advice and do away with izimbizo.

Inkatha Freedom Party caucus leader Blessed Gwala said: "Our contention has always been that it is only the king who can call izimbizo.

"We have often stressed that the holding of such gatherings is a duplication and waste of money. Maybe now the ruling party will listen now that the king has spoken."

ANC deputy chief whip Nontembeko Boyce welcomed the king's speech, as the ruling party always looked to the king for advice.

She said they would work at improving planning for izimbizo.

All parties praised the call for improved efforts towards rural development.

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