King’s speech laced with humour

2010-02-24 00:00

JOKES and off-the-cuff remarks were the order of the day as Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini officially opened the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature at The Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

As usual King Zwelithini’s tendency of peppering his speeches with jokes no matter how serious the subject he is talking about, was one of the highlights of yesterday’s event.

For instance whilst addressing the crucial issue of crime and the lack of safety in schools, he made a joke about certain criminals he said were constantly engaging in crime because they want to be fed in prison.

“Some criminals are regarded as heroes of evil and are referred to as ‘izimpisi’ (hyenas). I wish that they were starved in prison,” Zwelithini said to a burst of laughter in the house.

Whilst addressing the need for people to engage in agricultural activities, he blamed laptops and computers for making people lazy.

“I have never seen laptops being eaten by the people, but it’s the people who ‘feed’ (with information) the laptops,” he said to rapturous laughter from the house.

Like President Jacob Zuma during his inauguration last year, the King was accompanied by three of his six queens, Queen MaNdlovu, Queen MaMchiza and the latest addition, Queen KaMafu.

For the first time during the opening of the Legislature, both Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni and her Deputy Mtholephi Mthimkhulu were not robed in traditional parliamentary gowns and had a chance to showcase their “July Handicap” kind of fashion to the delight of fashion fanatics.


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