King calls for end to violence

2012-12-19 00:00

ZULU monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu has called for an end to political and taxi violence in the country, announcing a national cleansing ceremony to take place next week, members of the royal household said yesterday.

Addressing journalists, government officials and traditional leaders, a member of the royal household, Mboniso Zulu, said the national cleansing ceremony would take place on December 26 at eNyokeni Royal Palace in kwaNongoma.

“The king will be accompanied by amakhosi and will perform the national cleansing ceremony,” he said.

The event would be preceded by the royal household cleansing ceremony presided over by Zwelithini.

About 40 members of royal households were expected to attend.

On Christmas Day, there would be a thanksgiving service at which young men, set to become regiments, “will enter the royal palace in preparation of various customs”, said Zulu.

KwaZulu-Natal has recently seen outbreaks of political violence in which members of the Inkatha Freedom Party, the National Freedom Party and the ANC have lost their lives. In one such clash, IFP member Sihle Menzi Biyela was gunned down in kwaMashu in front of a crowd of 400 people. In another incident, Siya Dlamini, an IFP supporter, was shot dead outside Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court in full view of police and journalists.

Ronnie Bhengu, the head of the of the Community Safety and Liaison Department, said the cleansing would be held in December because many migrant workers would have returned from other provinces and hostels around the country.

The ceremony would be held at provincial level and would seek to address issues of violence at grasssroots level, he said.

The department has set up a multi-party committee and would try to get political parties to engage one another to find peaceful solutions.

“This will also go beyond politics and include taxi violence, because there is a lot of that going on.”

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