King 'to clarify' gay slur

2012-01-28 07:52

Johannesburg - King Goodwill Zwelithini will clarify his recent comments about homosexuality during a media briefing on Saturday.

According to The Times newspaper, Zwelithini told guests in Nquthu that "traditionally" there were no people who engaged in same sex-relationships.

"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," he was quoted as saying.

Zwelithini reportedly said this as he delivered his speech on Sunday at the 133rd commemoration of the January 22 1879 battle of Isandlwana.

The statement attributed to the king has caused a stir.
Some people have criticised reporters for "reckless" interpretation. Gays and lesbian activist groups have criticised the statement attributed to the king.

  • Phil - 2012-01-28 07:57

    He is going to "clarify" it ? What does that mean ? You can put lipstick on a Pig but it remains a Pig.

      Carl - 2012-01-28 09:10

      yes, but its a pretty pig

      Jou - 2012-01-28 09:25

      The dumb ox has obviously been told to backpeddal and try and do damage control.

      RE - 2012-01-28 11:01

      lol @ the media .. part of the retarded one world media.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-28 12:19

      Why is this prick a 'king' anyway?

  • Miriam - 2012-01-28 08:12

    The fact that millions of tax payers' money goes to Zwelithini and his entourage makes me rather sick to the stomach. There is no way he can rectify or justify what he said, so I can't wait for what he's got to say.

  • Alva - 2012-01-28 08:17

    OMG! He is coming out of the closet!

  • Vegi - 2012-01-28 08:25

    I have no problem with Zwelithini being a king, but I feel that his subjects should support him like they supported his ancestors. He should not be the responsibility of the South African taxpayer. I think that kings, queens, chiefs, barons, princes, lords, indunas, dukes, shogans, daimios, earls, thanes, emperors, khans, sheiks, tsars, sultans, headmen, shahs, pharoes, maharajas, kaizers and anyone of similar feudal persuasion belongs in the past and holds no attraction for us free people. All these people should begin to work for a living instead of sponging off other human beings.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-01-28 10:15

      Vegi! You have earned my vote forever !

      Bibi - 2012-01-28 10:43

      100% I agree with you 100%!

      Max - 2012-01-28 15:44

      You have my vote as well with this comment.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-28 08:30

    Of course I am not saying he committed any crime against the gays because whatever he said is his point of view and he is entitled to it. He didn't call for anybody to hurt gays. I am just pissed off that he does not report for duty anywhere yet he gets paid a huge chunk of our taxes. I think his subjects should contribute to a special fund to keep him in luxury if they so wish.

      Phoenix - 2012-01-28 10:12

      Really??? So if a politician calls YOU, Vegi, rotten because ofvwho you are you would think it is just hispoint of view?

      infijar.ken - 2012-01-28 15:43

      The problem is, Vegi, by stating what he did (if true) without reference to attacks on Gays and Lesbians he has, in effect, condoned them. Just wait. if people who attended the rally heard what they think they heard, there will be an upsurge in "conversion" attacks/rapes on Lesbians in KZN. If this does happen, this will all be down to this bitter old homophobe!

      Trudy - 2012-01-28 16:32

      It amounts to hate speech and this from African royalty? Not great.

      prahalath - 2012-01-28 18:24

      Doesnt it have something to do with ancestoral lineage? I think his family owned the land, and since he is still "king" and all, we pay king tax? Like why would a king and/or his family ever give their land away? its worth billions (every month) right? They just dont run the country. (or work for that matter. Just like in the movie "The Descendents"

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-01-28 08:40

    Atleast he has a conscience, unlike other homophobes. SA reporters are known for gutter translations so I choose to give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

      infijar.ken - 2012-01-28 15:46

      Do you really think he has a conscience for his, alleged, bigot comments? Or, in reality has he been told/advised to make a clarification?

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-01-28 08:45

    What's there to clarify here? His comments were clear enough. As a black woman who embraces whatever sort of attraction comes my way- I honestly don't care what anybody has to say about sexuality and sexual preference.

  • Ari - 2012-01-28 09:07

    Who really cares what this anachronism has to say? He is a mere sponge on taxpayers and not worth the time even commenting. Eagles do not catch flies.

  • Juan.pike - 2012-01-28 09:15

    we dont one really cares...

  • Themba Mbuyisa - 2012-01-28 09:16

    Misleading headline. How can u say he's gonna clarify his comments about homosexuality when he insists the comments were not about homosexuality? The gay and lesbian community should go after the media for printing the Kings' statement about men getting raped by other men as homosexuality.

  • Kevin - 2012-01-28 09:19

    Ummm...King who..? Of what...?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-28 10:29

      ..of a bank account that is not limited. You must agree, we would have also feel like kings.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-28 09:27

    I have no problem with the career of gaysm, though it is a profession that I find difficult to comprehend and I don't wish it on my immediate relatives and acquaintances. This point of view is borne out of my understanding that people do not need my approval to engage in whatever venture they wish upon themselves. If it does not affect me, I have no reason to complain. Those who condemn the practise have a right to do so. So I don't think Zwelithini needs to apologise for this point of view.

  • AGvanderWesthuizen - 2012-01-28 09:50

    1."Zwelithini told guests in Nquthu that "traditionally" there were no people who engaged in same sex-relationships" - thats only what they know of? Gay people have been around since the begining of mankind! 2. Why has he got a problem being a being Hetrosexual? Really with name like Goodwill it should not be a problem being accepted in a gay club.

      Koos - 2012-01-28 11:02

      Especially in his shameless Leopardskin Drag outfits, on second thought no self respecting Gay man is going to be seen dead anywhere near that icon of bad taste! I cannot believe that we the taxpaying public have to pay for this sponger and his entourage of wives and hordes of children. Its a disgrace, What has he actually done for our people?

  • Anakin - 2012-01-28 09:58

    So who is paying for King Pig's Zwelithini upkeep? Does he work, ooops, 'wek' for his money or does ALL the taxpayers in SA pay for his upkeep? Even when you buy bread or buy petrol or groceries, a tiny percentage goes to the lord's upkeep, everytime.Why?

      Lara - 2012-01-28 10:46

      The King's salary is around R950 000 per annum. NOT small change.

  • Gary - 2012-01-28 09:59

    Where's Philemon when you need him.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-01-28 10:14

    Maybe I'm wrong, but whatever happened to freedom of expression? If I think the King is rotten, can I not express my opinion? Similarly, if the King thinks I am rotten, can he not say so? Why are we so finicky? By the way, I think the King is not a King. He is just an ANC bling thing. And those Gays are not really gay. Otherwise they will be happy and not worry about what the bling thing says.

      Nurse - 2012-01-28 10:31

      I think you're rotten too. So there. Aren't you happy we can all be rotten and act like little kids calling each other names because we weren't loved enough when we were younger? Human beings disgust me.

      Anakin - 2012-01-28 10:44

      Just remember YOU are paying for his upkeep,maintenance,getting yet another wife,etc.etc. I like you phrase 'ANC bling thing' though, I think you coined a new one here, added a bit of humour to things, thx.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-28 10:22

    Five comments have already been deleted by the fascist moderator. No tolerance of divergent view whatsoever. I wish the implementation of the media tribunal is fast tracked to deal with the abusive media.

      Phill - 2012-01-28 12:31

      The Moderator is unfair. Anyway, Zwelethini does not deserve respect if he insults people who pay his tax. Gays and lesbians might be rotten in the king's opinion but their tax pay his hugely undesrved salary. Anyway, what does he want to clarify since his comments are on tape. Is he going to tell us that black is white and vice versa?

  • Vegi - 2012-01-28 10:25

    This moderator is short sighted and abusive. For instance the comments callig Zwelithini a pig have not been removed while those condemning gays have been removed. Double standards.

      Trudy - 2012-01-28 16:49

      It's wrong to compare disagreeable human behavior to that of any animal. They seem much more evolved than us and we need to be more mindful of the impression we give to children of them.

  • Steward - 2012-01-28 10:39

    There is a reason why he is "The King". No need to answer to anybody.

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-28 11:03

    Oh and another thing - I am a Queen and he will NEVER BE MY KING !!!

  • Tokelo MediaOwner Fako - 2012-01-28 11:58

    But people the King is expressing what he feels.. what happened to freedom of speech?? I may not agree with the whole rotten stuff, mara you need to put yourself in his shoes and see the angle his coming from.. be open minded even if you feel offended about the whole thing.. kana this guy is a traditional person.. You guys are to intelligent to be acting like this or saying what you've been saying..

  • Faizie - 2012-01-28 12:04

    Give by daughters grandfather a chance to explain. Then he can also explain why his son does not pay child support. Simakade Jackson Zulu : 0826612000

  • Phill - 2012-01-28 12:21

    Does this old man think we are all fools? Sir, firstly you are undeservedly feeding from our tax with all your wives, some of them young enough to be your grand daughters, yet you have the guts to insult our constitution. Be informed that the people you are insulting also pay texes. I would thought a rotten person would not be ashamed to sleep with an HIV positive daughter of a friend or worse still, father a child with a daughter of a younger friend. I thought as the King of the Zule Nation you would start there before you attack gays and lesbians. Thanx to the Zulu vote, other tribes do not have a king because their votes are guaranteed. I do not recognise you sir although you feed off my tax.

  • Phill - 2012-01-28 12:37

    Poor guy, he probably thinks he ia the King of South Africa! Sir, you have zero support outside your homestead. You obviously did not know that somebody was recording your speech. So please, don't close the door because the cat is already out. You said it sir and another calrity will be an insult to those who heard you, unless you have invented another Zulu language using old words given new meaning.

  • DaQueenB4U - 2012-01-28 12:41

    Why is he being punished for expressing how he feel??? everyone should be like robots and think the same way i guess.

  • chrisfourielipman - 2012-01-28 14:56

    And I quote: "According to, which references a Britannia encyclopedia article of 1974, Zulu Chief Shaka Zulu was unable to father children and possibly a homosexual" Read more:

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