King Zwelithini mum on gay slur

2012-01-28 17:00

Saint Faith - King Goodwill Zwelithini did not say a word about his recently reported comments on homosexuality when he addressed a function in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

His earlier comments, which the royal household said were misinterpreted by journalists, caused a public outcry.

Scores of journalists attended the installation of Inkosi Bathebuya Cele at Saint Faith in KwaZulu-Natal, hoping the Zulu monarch would clarify a homophobic statement he reportedly made last weekend.

The media invitation from the department of traditional affairs - which co-hosted the event with the Zulu royal household - said the king would use the event to clarify his stance on homosexuality.

However, Zwelithini said nothing about the media reports. Instead his two-hour speech focused on the importance of respect and the history of the Zulu nation.

The furore broke when the Times newspaper reported last week that Zwelithini told guests in Nquthu that there were no people who engaged in same-sex relationships in traditional Zulu culture.

He was attending the 133rd commemoration of the Battle of Isandlwana.

"There was nothing like that and if you do it, you must know that you are rotten. I don't care how you feel about it. If you do it, you must know that it is wrong and you are rotten. Same sex is not acceptable," the newspaper quoted Zwelithini as saying.

Gay rights activists criticised the statement attributed to the king.

The royal household and prominent figures such as KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize blamed the reporter for "reckless" interpretation.

  • Alva - 2012-01-28 17:16

    Good, maybe someone whispered in his ear about equal rights and hate speech.

      Francois - 2012-01-28 18:27

      The traditional leader of the Zulu and the Zulu in charge of the nation is above the constitution - or at least they would like the constitution to dance to their tune. Radebe, speak up!

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-28 21:09

      more likely he's thinking if he keeps quiet long enough these people (press/activist/etc) will get bored and go away.

  • braamc - 2012-01-28 17:16

    They usually are mum on everything they do wrong. Anyhow, dude you costing us the taxpayer way to much money and has nothing positive to add. Why don't you pack your handbag and hit the road!

      Francois - 2012-01-28 18:44

      He cannot, most probably he will hit a gay with his handbag, before he hits the road, but I share your sentiment.

  • mike.clery - 2012-01-28 17:19

    LOL. I suppose it's one way of getting a big press contingent to attend an otherwise uninteresting event at "Sunface".

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-01-28 17:47

    So he said nothing. Groundbreaking, earth shattering news. This will have a profound effect on the world economy for many decades to come.

      Vegi - 2012-01-28 18:08

      The taxes he consume have a profound effect on our budget. Someone said he is earning R950 000.00 per annum. That is not true. His household budget is plus minus 40 million rands per annum. This caters for his wives, support staff and children. Why must we carry this burden. Why is he not working or running his own businesses. Why does he enjoy the glamour, luxury and undue attention at our expense.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-01-29 08:29

      Quite right, Vegi. There is no place for royalty in modern society, especially when millions are living in poverty. South African "kings" are just puppets of the ANC regime. They are there to ensure votes for the ANC. In exchange for this favour they are paid a fortune - money that is supposed to be used for development of the people. I can't understand how people tolerate this suffering, and what is worse, why they carry this over to their children to suffer all over again.

  • Jacques Joubert - 2012-01-28 17:58

    Haibo inkosi! u sait that Gays are rotten! why u bring ur mum into this?

  • Max - 2012-01-28 18:09

    This man is about as relevant as Kortbroek, sad though that he decided to talk about respect when he is disrespecting other members of society.

  • Mtizozo - 2012-01-28 19:43

    Since I head that the news writer was not a Zulu speaker, I am not surprised, It tells the challenge we are facing in understanding and interpreting the languages that are spoken in this country. This is about time where all the news writers, especially whites to kark the kitchen Zulu and book themselves to Zulu Lectures., Where they will be able to learn, understand and correctly interpret the Zulu Languages.

      JudithNkwe - 2012-01-28 20:17

      Perhaps it would have been useful for a first language Zulu speaker to have corrected the flawed interpretation. However I have considerable difficulty with the fact that everyone in SA is donating to his lifestyle. He costs us almost as much as the UK pays the Queen of England and does far less than she does (in promoting UK) to promote SA internationally

      Max - 2012-01-29 05:34

      @Judith, the problem is the rest of the world has moved on from wearing animal skins and dancing around a fire half naked with a stick in their hands...this Neanderthal is actually doing South Africa a favour by keeping quite internationally.

  • Paul - 2012-01-28 20:15

    The public outcry was probably the press looking for headline and one or two activists. For the rest, most people probably agreed with him.

      mbossenger - 2012-01-30 05:44

      Well said, Janine

  • cowbwouy - 2012-01-28 20:57

    No need to apologize as you did nothing wrong but you just stated hard facts.

      Jaco - 2012-01-29 07:20

      @cowbwouy: Hard facts? Would you please be so kind as to provide the evidence to substantiate these “hard facts”? It is, in fact, called hate speech. If I say that all black people are rotten, you will surely take offence. Yet the phrase stating that the ”ANC is rotten to the core” is frequently used in current social and political discourse. And although the ANC represents the majority (black people), it would be unfair (to ALL black people) and amount to hate speech to claim that all black people are rotten. Maybe an apology from cowbwouy will be appreciated?

  • Marriott Dhliwayo - 2012-01-28 22:34

    why are there men and women?to pro create to populate the earth .that is God s way and anyway other is abominable.why kiss a man? why have sex with another man ,or woman for that matter?is this not a free country where there is freedom of expression?let the king express himself.

      Jaco - 2012-01-29 07:31

      @Marriott Dhliwayo: Will you be OK if I, in terms of freedom of expression, say that all black people are rotten (see my comment above – to cowbwouy)? No, it is called hate speech. Please note that ALL freedom MUST be balanced by responsibility. The latter is too frequently (and conveniently) ignored.

      Earle - 2012-01-29 10:10

      Inasmuch as getting cancer is not a choice, neither is having genes that cause being gay a choice. To take it further, being born black or white was not your choice either. The king should use his braincell, or make it his business to be informed. To take this to "his" logical conclusion he should condemn vancer patients for being "rotten".

  • Alex - 2012-01-29 08:10

    The problem in South Africa is the lack of respect of black nation and its languages. Why only English written print media made the fuss about the King speech when Zulu newspapers never quoted the same? White people still have this foolish imperialism. Listen, mind your own business and we as blacks will mind our own. We still respect our culture and no one will ever take that away from us.

      Sean - 2012-01-29 12:08

      It's because we "Whites" are not brain-washed by a so called king wearing a thong thinking it looks very butch!

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-01-30 15:57

      Hey Alex, here's something for you to ponder on genius HE IS A PUBLIC FIGURE. who made a speech IN PUBLIC. So screw you for wanting to censor my news thank you very much, if you chose to be a 'subject' and not a 'citizen' that's your business. I for one, chose to live in a fair and balanced society thank you very much. Oh here's another thing - you're a dick!

  • Mboneni - 2012-01-29 09:04

    It is a pitty that those who were supposed to save the king out of the troubles he had ceated by making stupid remarks are blaming journalist.Even errant Jacob Zuma mention something like Zulu culture and the king is also plying the cultural card.This guys are not adding any political value in this country

  • AGvanderWesthuizen - 2012-01-29 09:53

    What ever! Who really cares.

  • atholl.hay - 2012-01-29 10:37

    Banana king dom ...

  • Silvana - 2012-01-29 11:08

    Who the F*&k is he anyway? He's not my king, and neither is he the country's king. His opinion means nothing to most of us. He is a parasite of our tax money. I don't see why we have to subsidise him. Let the Zulu's keep him in luxury.

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