King Zwelithini’s burial could be handled differently

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekizulu.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekizulu.

While Covid-19 could compel the Zulu royal family to forego some of the rituals and traditions which accompany the burial of a king, a cultural expert says reasons other than Covid-19 could see the funeral of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini handled quite differently.

Mbuso Khoza, a cultural researcher and music composer, said traditions have been changing over years. “We can’t go back to where we were. Even the way we commemorate and bury kings has changed.

“We need to retain only those practices and traditions which take our people forward,” he said.

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