Zulu nation 'is still standing'

2010-09-25 20:55

Johannesburg - People have a sovereign right to their identity, heritage and culture and the Zulu people must give thanks in part to King Shaka for theirs, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said on Saturday.

"The Zulu nation is still standing. We are the legacy of King Shaka kaSenzangakhona who birthed this nation through battle, sacrifice and vision," Buthelezi said at the King Shaka commemoration ceremony in KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal.

"The iconic image of King Shaka has by now been romanticised and his life beyond military conquest is shrouded in mystery. It was therefore a surprise, and almost an insult, when King Shaka kaSenzangakhona was portrayed, in a statue... as a herd-boy," he commented on the depiction of King Shaka in a statue at the entrance to the new King Shaka International airport in Durban.

"We thank His Majesty our King (Goodwill Zwelethini) for the stand that he took which resulted in that grotesque caricature of our founder being removed."

He called on the Zulu nation to reflect about the truth of the past in honour of Shaka.

"For it is only when we are honest about our past, that we can enter our future in the good faith expectation of greater achievements, greater unity and greater strength."