Princes, royal support and cows: How the Zulu King honoured Ma Winnie

Princes, royal support and cows: How the Zulu King honoured Ma Winnie

- The Zulu King send Ma Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's family four cows

- His two princes and an IFP member delivered his gift to the family, with whom they have a long standing relationship

- The king would not be attending her funeral, because it is against his culture

- However, representatives of the royal family would be present

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King Goodwill Zwelithini has send the Mandela family four cows in honour of the late Ma Winnie-Madikizela-Mandela.

The Zulu king send two of his princes and IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi to represent the entire Zulu kingdom and give the family four black and brown cows.

According to reports, the king gave Madiba's family the livestock because of "a long standing relationship" between the two families.

"We have come a long way with the Madiba [Mandela] family and as we were inside the house, we were talking about the history and the role Mandela played as he was our grandfather and King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon's legal advisor. Our history comes a long way, it didn't start now so in that way, that is why the king saw it befitting to donate these four cows," said Prince Phumuzuzulu Zulu.

Prince Phumuzuzulu spoke outside Ma Winnie's residence in Soweto on Thursday, where he said gesture was a sign of respect for Madiba's ex-wife and for all she stood for during the struggle.

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It's not the first time the king gave the Mandelas livestock. When Madiba died in 2013, the king Zwelithini gave the family 10 of his "best cows" and 50 sheep.

Prince Phumuzuzulu added they were representing the royal house and the entire Zulu kingdom, which supported the nation during the heartbreaking time of Ma Winnie's death.

"So in that way, we are representing the Zulu royal house and the whole entire Zulu nation to say 'we are with you in everything that you are going through as both the Madikizela and the Mandela families, as well as South Africa as a whole," he added.

The king would not be attending Ma Winnie's funeral on Saturday, because of his culture. However, he did send envoys to be present.

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