Stop attacking Zulu king - IFP

2015-07-07 22:49
King Goodwill Zwelithini (City Press)

King Goodwill Zwelithini (City Press)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The IFP has lashed out at political parties in KwaZulu-Natal, especially the DA, claiming they are "obsessed" with Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.

It accused parties of attacking Zwelithini for performing his duties as king.

This comes after a weekend report that taxpayers had reportedly forked out almost R3m on private flights for the king to attend social and official engagements - despite the monarch blowing his annual budget and receiving a bailout earlier this year.

The information of Zwelithini's flights surfaced when the DA wrote to the premier questioning the king's use of private charters in the past two financial years.

"It’s unfair that the DA opted to attack the activities of His Majesty the King because nowhere in the world has the movement of any king been challenged," IFP leader in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature Blessed Gwala said in a statement.

"All along the DA has proven to be two-faced, because whenever the king comes to the legislature they pretend as if they support and accept him as the king of the province. But when the King has left they stab him in the back and portray him as being corrupt and a waste of tax payer’s money. We have noticed this for a long time," he said.

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal, however, denied this saying it had respect for the king but believed he also needed to be held accountable.

"We’re not attacking the king, we’re attacking the principle," DA provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango told News24.

He said just like any other government official, Zwelithini could not use public funds as he wanted.

"Because he is the king it doesn't mean that he can abuse public funds."

Mncwango said Zwelithini had to practice what he preached.

He said the DA would not stop doing its work as an opposition party, and would continue to hold people accountable.

The IFP called on all those in the legislature who did not understand the role of the king in the province to approach the party.

"[They can] receive education on the topic or they must shut up and not display their ignorance in public," said Gwala.

Read more on:    goodwill zwelithini  |  pietermaritzburg  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.