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Scores attend bull-killing case

2009-12-01 12:51

Pietermaritzburg - Scores of members of the Zulu Royal family, including King Goodwill Zwelithini’s brother Prince Mbonisi Zulu and senior Prince Reggie Zulu, attended the bull-killing case in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Tuesday.

Animal Rights Africa (ARA) has taken the Zulu king and KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize to court to stop the Ukweshwama ritual, scheduled to take place on December 5 at Zwelithini's palace in Nongoma.

The case, which has attracted much media attention, was also attended by Zulu culture experts including a team of Zulu scholars.

The court room was packed with people wearing Zulu attire.

The authorities decided to use a bigger court to accommodate the scores of people interested in the case. This was the same court where President Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial was held.

Ukweshwama is a symbolic way of thanking God for the first crops of the season.

ARA argues that the manner in which bulls are killed during the ritual is cruel.