Let's learn from Arab uprisings: Zwelithini

2011-02-21 14:18

Pietermaritzburg - Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini on Monday cautioned elected representatives against aloof leadership, saying the developments in the Arab states should serve as a lesson on what happens when leaders are out of touch.

"Let us accept that people want to see tangible changes in their lives," he said at the opening of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

People demanded tangible evidence and were growing impatient with leaders failing to deliver services, he said.

Citing Egypt as an example, he said the country's history had not stopped it being engulfed by the uprisings which had led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

He warned public representatives that positions were not eternal.

In a democratic dispensation, positions did not belong to individuals and each representative had to be ready to pass the baton to others.

"Let us learn from these leaders of other countries who met with resistance when they thought they could occupy positions for decades when they are not traditional leaders whose positions are bestowed to them by God," he said.

The changes in the Arab world were an illustration of people's maturity and the effects of the 21st century on their hopes for better lives.

They demanded leaders who were in touch with people's realities.

"In short, people want to know that those leaders they trust with their futures, have their futures at heart."

The opening of the legislature was attended by number of high profile personalities including former KwaZulu-Natal premier Sbu Ndebele, who is now the minister of transport, Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele and representatives of other provinces.

  • Felix - 2011-02-21 14:25

    Although the man has the right idea, "they are not traditional leaders whose positions are bestowed to them by God" I want to see that in writing big guy!

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-21 18:35

      Bestowed by god? What a load of crap. No monarchy in Europe is still claiming to have their position because of divine intervention, and they have longer lines in ancestry and ruling then this guy. What a load of croc. But he is right that no leader (and that includes him) should take the people for granted. No delivery of service means you have to get out. Ffs, the people PAY your salary to do a job for THEM not yourself. Anybody workoing for any level of government is a civil SERVANT, a servant to the public. Seems that once they plant their ass in the seat of power (to make things better for all of us, no other power) most of them forget that.

  • foitapoilet - 2011-02-21 14:28

    As much as I respect King Goodwill he is unfortunately out of sync as to what we can learn from this. 'We' already know what is wrong. Its the numpties who are running the country who dont know what is wrong! Then unfortunately its taken 30 years of dictatorship for the bubble to burst. Maybe its Zimbabwe's turn to have a revolution. We dont have a dictatorship in South Africa. Just incompetent governance that are enriching themselves as fast as possible with the blind masses returning to vote for the name failures!

  • IandI - 2011-02-21 14:29

    Most traditional leaders are a waste of taxpayers money. What do they do exactly in a modern democracy except gobble up taxes as rulers for life? A citizens revolt against dictators should include traditional leaders. Its time they got up and worked for themselves. We are tired of being robbed left , right and centre.

  • Maki - 2011-02-21 14:33

    Our leaders, perhaps with the exception of Mrs. Zille, are not aloof. We have regular meetings at grass root level within our communities. Our regional offices are always open to walk ins and just about everyone has access to Senior leadership. Just look at how many times Comrade Zuma has addressed stadiums packed with 20000 cheering supporters. Mr Zwelethini is correct that we are not allowed to be aloof, I argue that our leaders are definately not.

      Bangers - 2011-02-21 14:49

      Yes and elephants can fly. Time for you to leave and cash the ANC cheque you live on as sponsored by me, the taxpayer..

      ChrisG - 2011-02-21 14:49

      That interesting... I don't see too many people in the townships getting BEE deals or driving around in the latest Mercs like their leaders who are "in touch"?

      Maki - 2011-02-21 14:57

      Of course not Chris. Once we get the deals we leave as fast as we can. I grew up in SOWETO, as soon as I completed my studies , I started my business and moved to Sandton. Most young guys in the location will want to move to nice place ASAP. The reason most of us do not drive sports car is because we are buying a house or flat, leaving not much money for anything fancier. Be patient, in another 20 - 30 years most of the problems will be fixed.

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-02-21 15:22

      No Maki, in another 20 - 30 years, South Africa will be in ruins.

      24newsreader - 2011-02-21 15:22

      You are either an idiot, or you are writing these things to irritate readers

  • bill - 2011-02-21 14:37

    Sorry Goodwill to burst your bubble , but you are not appointed by God and hence are an expensive burden on the fiscus as well as harking back to the tribal system and dark ages.Good bye

  • Rich - 2011-02-21 14:50

    Can King Goodwill Zwelithini, please immediately meet with King Matwashi 111 of Swaziland, and tell him that his stay is overdue and that he must immediately step down and allow democratically held elections--eliminate the one party state!!-- King Goodwill MUST report back to us.

  • Rod - 2011-02-21 15:10

    That will never happen here because blacks like dictatorships. Look at pass African history

  • Kia4 - 2011-02-21 15:16

    We did it in June 16 1976 and our people were killed by the government... We don't want to experience it again!

      WiseOwl2 - 2011-02-21 15:59

      Exactly only now we have a different oppressor, the ANC elite.

  • madcow - 2011-02-21 15:20

    Is this guy dillusional or what? His position was bestowed to him by God? This is the same guy who marries 13 year olds? His head needs to be examined.

  • Jaimo - 2011-02-21 15:24

    Which god?? Madcow? I think thats the name of his God! Time for him to get a normal working non PARASITE job.

  • Eric - 2011-02-21 15:27

    I think the bottom will drop out soon enough. Weather south Africans can stand with south Africans is still an out of sight. I Like to here what the Zulu king has to say its cool to see him stepping up for an opinion. "Come now little Zuma please stop with the naughtiness".

  • Sir Richard - 2011-02-21 15:38

    be afraid. very afraid good king

  • burtfred - 2011-02-21 15:49

    Well I never, the Zulu "king" for life, telling politicians not to hang on to their positions for too long. The pot calling the kettle black. Which god exactly appointed you for life, Your Royal Zuluness? Did he give you a letter of appointment that clearly stated your job description, your working conditions, the company disciplinary code, reasons for possible dismissal, etc. If he didn't, you should take him to the CCMA.

      exocist - 2011-02-21 18:17

      i thought they believed in ancestors not GOD can't they make up their bloody minds, will use anything to protect their lazyness MUST HANG ON TO WHAT I'VE GOT, CAN'T LET GO I'VE GOT A LOT

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-21 15:58

    Too late, your Majesty....

  • Zakhele - 2011-02-21 16:29

    Did somebody go whisper the Majesty's words of wisdom to Buthelezi? Was he there? Okay enough crap now: How about you now His Majesty? What exactly is your job description? What do you set as your goals and targets for the year? How do you measure your yearly performance? Last time I knew the main job of a King, His Majesty, His Highness was to do charity works, take care of orphans, oversee social development programmes, oversee and maintain the culture (not playboy nudes photos in eMkhosini wohlanga), help with skills development (since you can no longer train soldiers), help with infrastructure development, rule people not to fight over land (would have helped with LAND REFORM PROBLEMS), combat and implement measures to fight stock thefts (in fact send the stock thieves to the gallows), execute causes to fight diseases, etc. I am sure with His Majesty is afraid he will go hungry himself if he start asking for grants from the politicians to execute these wonderful (his ) duties we may just as well assume you watching TV like the rest of us. Your Majesty! Your Highness!

  • Dar - 2011-02-21 16:56

    Please show me one functional democracy the west has to offer the world.

  • irfaan.rahim - 2011-02-21 17:20

    Bayethe Nkosi Bayethe!

  • BigMoose - 2011-02-21 17:28

    The "King" should get off his throne and go to Msinga where people are living in huts like they were before the Europeans arrived. Cheap talk.

  • Phumlani Zuma - 2011-02-21 17:38

    u guys r such hypocrites. who questions the existence of the English royalty, French etc. We r very proud of our King and he is here to stay. If u dont like it, pack u bags, Australia awaits u.

      Bangers - 2011-02-21 17:40

      Ok so what has he done or achieved in the last few years that makes a difference. Except of course to the 13 year old girls club?

      Bangers - 2011-02-21 17:45

      Oh and by the way I feel rocks for the other royalty but at least they make an impact.

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  • BigMoose - 2011-02-21 18:19

    The "King" should get off his throne and go to Msinga where people are living in huts like they were before the Europeans arrived. Cheap talk.

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