Zwelithini's speech marred by hysterical young women screaming

2016-09-11 10:24
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Nongoma – Eight minutes into his address, King Goodwill Zwelithini was disturbed by hysterical young women attending the 2016 Umkhosi woMhlanga at Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma on Saturday.

Zwelithini began his address at around 18:40, but shortly afterwards young women were seen screaming and scattering in all directions from the centre of the field.

Some ran towards the gate while others ran up the hill.

A visibly irritated Zwelithini said, “Hey, my children, sit down, this is nonsense, sit down, sit down, sit down.”


He further said, “Let us listen to each other and carry on with the work that we came here to do. We are not here for demons. You were sitting down courteously and now some of you must be possessed.”

The young women screamed, “Yes.”

Zwelithini repeatedly told the young women to sit down.

“What you are seeing is not real, those that are seeing things are possessed,” said the irate king.

“My children, keep quiet. Children, keep quiet. I don’t want you to agree with me, I want you to keep quiet.”

He asked where their parents and guardians were.

“It is clear that discipline was lacking,” said Zwelithini, who continued his address shortly after the young women sat down.

Later News24 asked the young women what they were running from. "The other girls are running from the other side to this side and that is why we started running this side,” said a young girl, who looked to be about 13 years of age.

She did not indicate whether the young women were possessed or not.

(Amanda Khoza, News24)


This was not the first time that the young women had disrespected the king by interrupting his speech at the event.

Earlier there were repeated calls for the young women to gather at the sports field so that the king could address them. The formal proceedings could not start because some of the young women were still loitering around the premises and many had been sitting in the buses, presumably to keep warm.

Hundreds of them were fetched from the buses and many of them could be heard screaming as their guardians carried sticks and called them to order.

The young women, who waited for the king for hours after presenting their reeds, stood in the cold, and had to be told repeatedly to sing louder or the king would not come and address them.

Many of them chatted amongst themselves while Zwelithini was addressing the gathering.

In a similar incident in 2015, President Jacob Zuma reportedly had to be shielded by his bodyguards and rushed out of the ceremony at Enyokeni Palace when demons allegedly attacked the young women.

According to a Mercury report, Zuma was escorted from a soccer field where he was meant to share the stage with Zwelithini.

The guards reportedly feared for Zuma’s safety when the event turned chaotic, apparently as hysterical girls allegedly visualised demons “attacking them”.

Zuma did not attend this years’ event.

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