Buck passed on bull-killing ritual

2011-02-10 00:00

THE Public Protector, advocate Thuli Madonsela, is finalizing a report on her office’s observation of the bull-killing ritual by Zulu warriors.

She will refer the matter to the Commission for he Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL).

A spokesperson for the office of the public protector, Oupa Segwale, confirmed yesterday that Madonsela is not going to make a ruling on the matter, but will refer the matter to the CRL — another Chapter 9 institution — for it to make a ruling.

Madonsela sent a representative to observe the ritual at last year’s umkhosi wokweshwama (first fruits ceremony) in Nongoma in Zululand.

Segwale said, “As soon as the Public Protector completes her report, the matter will go to the CRL as it is a more competent institution to deal with and make a ruling on culture related issues. The CRL will be able to balance culture and animal rights.”

The killing of the bull with bare hands by amabutho (Zulu warriors) irked Animal Rights Africa (ARA) and the group took King Zwelithini to court over the matter two years ago.

Tozie Zokufa, spokesperson for Animal Voice — one of the organisations that opposes the ritual and roped in the Public Protector – said it cannot comment on the matter until the CRL issues its report.

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