Premier wants evidence of king's gay slur

2012-01-24 15:26

Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize on Tuesday challenged anyone who claimed to have evidence of a homophobic statement made by the Zulu king to produce it.

Addressing members of the Royal Household portfolio committee in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, Mkhize expressed disappointment at the interpretation of King Goodwill Zwelithini's speech, which he delivered on Sunday at the 133rd commemoration of the January 22 1879 battle of Isandlwana.

According to Mkhize, the Zulu king had denounced any form of abuse, and had not lashed out at gays and lesbians.

The Human Rights Commission said on Monday it would write to Zwelithini to determine whether he had, in fact, made homophobic statements.

According to The Times, 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.

The Zulu Royal Household on Monday criticised the "reckless translation" of Zwelithini's speech.

"At no stage did His Majesty condemn gay relations or same sex relations," his spokesperson Prince Mbonisi Zulu said.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-01-24 15:33

    That's funny, so several Zulu intellectuals are lying?

      tbooze - 2012-01-24 16:02

      is this even news worthy ? so what if he doesnt like gays who cares ?

      Ron - 2012-01-24 17:13

      yes why should anyone care about gays.

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-24 18:40

      @Ron for the same reason idiots care about you.

  • Mike_or_Mpho - 2012-01-24 15:35

    WAHAHAHA, only in Africa. Are you 5 years old?

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-24 15:42

    Laughing out loud!!! So calling them rotten is not a homophobic slur? Oh the stupidness in this country never ceases to amaze (& entertain) me!

  • Rinnewien - 2012-01-24 15:43

    Didn't JZ respond to this speech? He can speak Zulu or am I mistaken?

  • Deon - 2012-01-24 15:47

    The next excuse will be: "taken out of context"

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-01-24 15:52

    This sounds exactly like the old communist Russia. We deny there was any explosion. Try to prove it. We deny it. hahahahahaah

  • mbossenger - 2012-01-24 15:56

    So why doesn't he tell us the proper interpretation?

  • Faizie - 2012-01-24 16:12

    Find out the truth from Prince Simakade Jackson Zulu : cell 0826612000. The prince the Swazi Queen hates the most

  • Munondo - 2012-01-24 18:03

    Can't wait no more, for the first Homosextual President of RSA

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-01-24 18:07

    These people are blithering idiots and are in sore need of brain donors!

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-24 18:41

      They are the perfect brain donors , their brains haven't been used before.

  • Wizcom - 2012-01-24 18:09

    Please bring on the pathetic excuses. Do you honestly believe that the masses will believe your excuses or attempt at cover up? Hello idiots!! most of us are reasonable intellectuals who can interpret what is said. You are too late if you think you are going to change our perceptions and thoughts. Pathetic politicians and royals! You are really embarrassing yourselves not only in the eyes of your own people, but on the global stage

  • Thabani - 2012-01-24 19:47

    Well Timeslive must clarify then, but it seems suspicious though that President Zuma will speak against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, out of the blue, after the King has spoken.

  • Earle - 2012-01-24 19:56

    Tolerance is a part of intelligent life. Inasmuch as a person who is adamant that his/her view or argument is right - and is mainly wrong... so to it is true that those who are intolerant of gays/same sex relationships are still hiding in their own closets. I would imagine that someone with such tendencies, who despises this publicly, would take many wives to show that he really is "straight" so to speak. Meanwhile... back at the ranch....The word here is 'tolerance" live and let live. Only a weak person would have a problem in this regards.

  • Moss - 2012-01-24 20:10

    All in the name of "ngi indoda mina", haai some tribes

  • Craig - 2012-01-24 20:20

    Hmmm... the "Stupid" protecting the "Idiot"

  • bmaestro - 2012-01-25 09:51

    the king said his mind and their is no way to make him feel or think otherwise,whether he is going to be punished or not his words were heard and cant be erased.personally i think in this time and age people shoudlnt be judged based on their sexual orientation.i aint gay but i've learnt to accept them coz they are here to stay and nuttin can change em.

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