Zwelithini welcomes renaming of uThungulu to King Cetshwayo District Municipality

2016-07-27 17:16
King Goodwill Zwelithini (Picture: AFP)

King Goodwill Zwelithini (Picture: AFP)

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Durban - The uThungulu District Municipality has been renamed and will now be known as the King Cetshwayo District Municipality, the municipality said on Wednesday.

The municipality was renamed on Tuesday at a ceremony which was attended by King Goodwill Zwelithini in eSikhaleni, outside Richards Bay.

Zwelithini told the gathering that he was grateful that the municipality had been renamed after the great Cetshwayo ka Mpande.

District municipality mayor Thembeka Mchunu said the process of renaming the district began in June 2011.

Mchunu said Zwelithini agreed to the renaming on February 18 2014 and said that this was in line with preserving the history of the Zulu nation.  

"His majesty indicated that he greatly welcomed the renaming of the district, taking into consideration the links King Cetshwayo had with the district. Isilo [the King] further requested that a statue of the late King Cetshwayo be manufactured and erected outside the building. Today [Tuesday] we have made this a reality," said Mchunu.

King Cetshwayo, led his warriors in the Battle of Isandlwana where the British suffered the most crushing defeat the English had ever experienced in a war against the indigenous people of South Africa in modern history.

He died in February, 1884.

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