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'King Zwelithini was reflecting on Apartheid not defending it'

By Faeza
07 December 2015

Just weeks after being exonerated by the SA Human Rights Commission after claims that he sparked xenophobic attacks, King Goodwill Zwelithini has again reportedly ruffled some feathers.

This time the Zulu king reportedly praised apartheid’s National Party saying it had “built a mighty army” and that the economy was stronger under its reign.

But on Monday the Royal Household said the King was speaking as someone who had lived through apartheid and knew the good and the bad of the system.

The king was speaking at KwaKhethomthandayo royal palace in Nongoma on Saturday night during the celebration of his 44 years as king of the Zulu nation.

The Mercury reported on Monday that Zwelithini praised the National Party, saying it “had built a powerful government with the strongest economy and army on the continent, but then came “this so-called democracy” in “which black people started destroying the gains of the past”.