King calls for cleansing

2012-11-10 00:00

KING Goodwill Zwelithini yesterday called for the Zulu nation to be cleansed, saying it was buckling under the strain of sins of the past and present, such as violence and other social ills that he feared might lead to its destruction.

King Zwelithini, who will celebrate 41 years on the throne later this year, was quick to point out, however, that he would not allow the nation to perish under his watch.

To avert such an eventuality, the nation would undergo a cleansing ceremony next month and ask for forgiveness for all sins and violence committed by and against the nation, dating back to the 1800s.

“From December 25 to 28, there will be a ceremony where we will be cleaning the nation.

“I will ask for forgiveness for all the sins of the past; for those who attacked us for no reason, like in the battle of Isandlwana, and like the imprisonment of our kings.”

The king was addressing delegates, including Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, at the official opening of the Ingonyama Trust offices at Pietermaritzburg’s Harry Gwala stadium yesterday.

He said the nation needed cleansing as it was headed for turbulent times.

“God is showing me what is coming ahead and I see that we are heading for turbulent times.”

The king cited social ills such as ill discipline among the youth, laziness reluctance to work and debauchery mainly among the youth.

“We have people raping children and the elderly. Is this the kind of nation that we have become, or the nation that we aspire to be?”

Zwelithini said violence was prevalent in the province. “Many people have died in taxi wars, in accidents, and many in political violence and in factional fighting.”

“If I do not put this right, nobody will. Whoever comes after me might not be willing to do this cleansing,” he said.

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