Zulu King, Misuzulu kaZwelithini, has characterized the violent protests and looting taking place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng as being tantamount to committing suicide.
This was what he said as he addressed the Zulu nation from his palace on Wednesday.
According to King Misuzulu, the poor people who were taken advantage of by politicians are now the same people carrying the brunt of the consequences of the current looting.
He said that what makes it worse is that the ransacking and the effect on the economy when it is already strained by the pandemic is plain suicidal.
“When medicines and vaccines cannot be delivered, there will be no help for the sick and dying,” said Misuzulu. “Vital supply chains have been damaged and it is our very own families who will suffer the consequences knowing that all this is happening in a time of a pandemic. The only conclusion possible [is] my father’s people are committing suicide and one cannot see it, but it is happening.”
King Misuzulu said that his father, the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBehkuzulu, would have been disappointed in his people for playing such a leading role in destroying the economy of the country.
King Misuzulu also added that the chaos in the province was a “shame” to the Zulu nation and that it does not augur well for the respect and might that they have been associated with for decades.
He said that for the nation to reclaim their dignity, the Zulu people must stop their actions immediately and not partake in political football.
“I appeal to you, my father’s people, Zulu is our own heritage that we must cherish and guard as our own treasure. I therefore appeal to the Zulu nation to withdraw from the participation in the destruction of our country. I appeal for calm, for peace to be restored. Let us not allow politics to taint the dignity of our nation to be led to destruction. We are much better than this. We are people of dignity. Therefore let us respect the rule of law and ensure the order returns to KwaZulu-Natal.”
King Misuzulu said that even if they were unhappy that one of their own was in jail, looting was “not the right way to express our dissatisfaction”.
The scenes that have been visible in the province over the past few days have “brought great shame upon us all”, he said.
Sources: MSN, Herald Live
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