Zulu king wants to purge violent spirits

2012-11-06 13:05

Johannesburg - Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini plans to hold a traditional ceremony to halt political violence in KwaZulu-Natal, The Times reported on Tuesday.

This would involve cleansing his male subjects of the spirits that cause violence.

"The king will first meet the council of traditional leaders on [Thursday]," his spokesperson Prince Mbonisi Zulu told the newspaper.

"The details about the cleansing of men will come from their meeting."

It was important for the king to meet traditional leaders, because the ritual would involve people in the clans, he said.

The ritual, known as "ukukhumelana umlotha" (the sharing of ash) was likely to be performed next month, if the king got his way.

It reportedly aimed to persuade men to forsake their political differences in favour of their tribal links.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-11-06 13:20

    Can the ancestors perhaps purge the tokolosh out of Tuinhuis ?

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-06 13:34

      While we at it can the ancestors please hive Zwelithini a job so he doesnt have to leach off our tax money

      Shaun - 2012-11-06 14:47

      @vusi,im putting the white curse on you,zim zala bim

      alan.jerrold - 2012-11-06 15:00

      Yep Vusi, these horrible tokoloshes from other lands brought you roads, electricity, 90% of jobs in SA, banking, hospitals, railways and the internet which you like to use. Real bad spirits hey?

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-11-06 16:23

      Will it involve the Marikana rabbit?

  • yolanda.haripersad.1 - 2012-11-06 13:25

    lol, at least he has good intention

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-11-06 16:28

      @mabsigo Europe was built without you, could you build without the plans? Mud hut maybe. Condider the lowly wheel, Roman aqueducts, the Taj Mahaal or any of the many structures that predate the white mans visit to Africa, hell consider the ships he used to get to Africa. Your arguement is looking pretty weak dont you think.......

  • brandon.mercer3 - 2012-11-06 13:28

    Let me guess your still hungry after the hippo and you need another reason to slaughter south african wild life

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-06 13:29

    Sad that in this day and age people are still so primitive.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-06 15:14

      Isn't it just? And it goes a long way to explain the situation we find ourselves in today.

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2012-11-06 13:29


  • SarelJBotha - 2012-11-06 13:30

    How about us purging SA of al kings. That way we would save lots of money and trouble. These kings add no value to the economy so why have them?

  • james.keen.944 - 2012-11-06 13:30

    Only in Africa

  • mastersvoice - 2012-11-06 13:30

    If the king succeeds, and they all share the same political point of view (namely the King's point of view), then only the king should be allowed to vote... This "hive mentality" is not compatible with democracy. Words like "clans" and "tribal links" are in direct contrast to "democracy".

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-06 15:47

      That's the most disturbing part of this story, him calling for them to drop their political allegiance in favour of their clans. That's where things were before the whites came along, each clan looked after itself, to hell with the rest. The ritual is just that, smoke and mirrors, bit of magic to make them feel good about themselves, does no one any harm so let him do it, as for his call, that's the dangerous part.

  • Warren Mudge - 2012-11-06 13:33

    This may have worked back in the dark ages, when customs like these were feared by the superstitious folk. I believe that maybe 90% are now wearing western style clothes, not loin cloths what's the chances?

  • pahath.moab - 2012-11-06 13:35

    If he is going to purge violent spirits then that means he will get rid of the entire ANC lot! Not a bad idea!

  • charmaine.pieters.58 - 2012-11-06 13:36

    what an awesome idea! would you like MORE of my tax money to do this!!?

  • sunet.nel.1 - 2012-11-06 13:38

    Who put the kings in the government? What do they do for me? Why must a hell of a lot of our taxes pay their salaries? I respect their culture, but hell, just stop killing, burning and striking. SA have like 7 kings! For what? Tribal culture. Then I elect myself as the afrikaner Queen and demand to be put on the payroll!

  • arm.witmens - 2012-11-06 13:39

    and THAT ladies and gentlemen, is why we cant have nice things.....

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-06 13:39

    Please purge yourself, right out of SA.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-11-06 13:41

    Go get a job

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-06 13:43

    How much is this going to cost us?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-06 15:15

      Ummm - a lot.

  • stef.fourie.7 - 2012-11-06 13:45

    Tokoloshi is coming to get u

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-06 14:10

      Not with all the paint tins and bricks under the beds ..

  • pahath.moab - 2012-11-06 13:46

    Sunet Nel we have several afrikaner queens. The oldest is tannie Evita! You will have to be a princess then

  • tshepisot - 2012-11-06 13:46

    Said a man in the information age.lmao being ignorant is pitiful

  • Tony-Lapson - 2012-11-06 13:46

    Hey, if it helps them feel less violent, go ahead. After all, many different cultures find solace in a superstition and religious beliefs.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-06 13:48

    I am so tax tiered, before he starts doing anything just ask the cost and who is going to pay. If I am not paying he can go mad, and do whatever he feels like.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-06 13:48

    Its like when u c a native doctor going 2 solve problems at the church . Politics n ancestors are the two imbalances that will not comes close to bring n amicable solution

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-06 13:49

    Spirits, did you say spirits? I'll have a Bells!

      msophiasharp - 2012-11-06 14:15

      Don't forget the ice!! LOL

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-11-06 13:53


  • darryl.earnshaw - 2012-11-06 13:55

    I heard jumping off a cliff cleanses people of violence and aids, the king told me himself.......

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-06 13:57


  • darryl.earnshaw - 2012-11-06 13:58

    Speaking of Tokoloshi, I heard they've got very clever now. What they do now is go to each corner of the bed, lift up the bed and take away the bricks on all four legs until the bed is low enough for him to jump onto careful out there......

  • - 2012-11-06 14:03

    forgive my ignorance here but how does this help... "It reportedly aimed to persuade men to forsake their political differences in favour of their tribal links." are there not tribal differences that also cannot be resolved??

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-11-06 14:05

    Purge away, oh Zulu King..... just don't expect the taxpayer to foot the bill.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-06 14:06

    The 3 Evils in one story: race, religion and tribalism/ethnic culture.

  • archie.mooki - 2012-11-06 14:07

    .....evil spirits in KZN...if possible PURGE CORRUPTION,RACIAL TOLERANCE, ETHNIC TOLERANCE, POLITICAL TOLERANCE, ...just for now

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-06 14:07

    Satan is laughing his forked tail off!

      ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-06 14:24

      And fit that profile !

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-06 14:34

      Andre if you are mocking ancestor worship with you post and don't see the irony there is no help for you.

  • msophiasharp - 2012-11-06 14:12

    How about a klap op die gat in terms of disciplining your children and not letting them throw tantrums and getting away with murder so-to-speak Because of the lack of aforementioned, you are now reaping the fruits .... Leave the spirits where they belong, either in the bottle (LOL) or in the afterlife!!

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-11-06 14:23

    How many cows and how many liters of beer will he need for this?! African way again hey.

  • thasmeel.singh - 2012-11-06 14:40

    seriously? if men want to fight and kill, they will. its human nature to be better than the next person or political party in this case. no ritual will stop that. just another waste of money

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-11-06 14:47

    Oh and if the cleansing doesnt work will he blame apartheid again?

  • goldd.goldfinger - 2012-11-06 14:51

    I dont see what the fuss is about other people have been holding prayers on the subject and receive much less derision and ridicule ..its the same superstitious nonsense.. At least if the people do come together hopefully they might have discussions and this might lead to a decrease in the violence

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-06 17:31

      or they will throw chairs at each other.... lots of chairs

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-11-06 14:59

    A certain song comes to mind when I read \the sharing of ash\... I was going to kill some-one but then I got high ooooooeeeeeee smoke weed everyday! lol and for those of you 50 year olds who want to say something they sing it in the song I'm not telling people to smoke weed...

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-06 17:32

      you heard a song that is as old that the 50 year olds actually listened to it first, child. at that stage you were just a weed-seed in your dads pipe.

  • - 2012-11-06 15:51

    While you'r doing this, King Giveall, please get me some of the bulletproofing muti they used at Marikana. Got some affirmative shopping to do! And the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And a flying unicorn. And a wife that doesn't moan all day. Thank you.

  • riffak.traws - 2012-11-06 15:55

    Hope they will be ''sharing the hasheesh'' instead of ash. Pass that blunt King Z, let's all get high and forget who not to vote for come election season. SMH

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-11-06 16:07

    How much we gona pay for this again....

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-11-06 16:36

    I will personally beat the crap out of the first person who even BREATHES over the rabbit this time! And ill bring empty 2L bottles so there is enough potions to go around we shall make this a success this time! BE GONE BAD SPIRITS! The spirits that come in bottles for R29.99 a bottle and the know well supposedly real spirits!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-06 16:55

    Oh and please please while he is doing that can he purge out all the corrupt cadres and earn his how many many millions R ??????? for once

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-06 17:20

    Yay.... at last.... someone who wants to purge zuma

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-11-06 17:51

    these people are ruling the country...the african way!

  • donny.doncaster - 2012-11-06 19:11

    Problem solved!

  • madmountain - 2012-11-06 19:15

    Come now - It's in the interests of racial harmony, the spirits he want to purge all have racial connotations: > WitBlitz; > White Horse; > White Wine; These and similar spirits will all be given BEE names in future.

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