- Former president Jacob Zuma’s scheduled traditional homecoming ceremony has been postponed after criminals used his name to illegally raise funds
- The ceremony was due to take place at Zuma’s Nkandla homestead on Saturday and involved thanking the ancestors for Zuma’s return home
- The family have yet to meet to discuss when the new ceremony will take place
A traditional Zulu homecoming ceremony for former president Jacob Zuma has been postponed after his family realised that criminals had hijacked the event. The family said it had emerged that unknown people had been raising funds in Zuma’s name.
Zuma’s nephew Simphiwe Zuma said the ceremony was scheduled to take place at the Nkandla homestead on Saturday and involved thanking the ancestors for Zuma’s return home. The family have not yet a meeting to discuss when the new ceremony will take place.
There were some things that didn't go well because there were some people who were fundraising for the ceremony using our name and then we realised that there were some criminals who had hijacked the event...We were going to welcome him back home as a soldier of the nation to say thank you to him because even when we left we had spoken to our ancestors to wish him. So we had to do the same thing when he came back‚" Simphiwe said
Briefly.co.za discovered this was to be the third homecoming event held for Zuma, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC and local leaders held their own events for Zuma earlier this year.
Some of the planned festivities included traditional dancing of regiments and women dressed in traditional Zulu attire. Zuma is a fierce traditionalist and excels at traditional dance and hymns.
Organisers said impepho (incense) had been burned when Zuma was elected as president of the ANC and again when he became president of the country, it would be burned to welcome him home.
Impepho is a sacred herb which is used by traditional communities to connect with their ancestors.
Despite allegations of corruption, Zuma still enjoys strong support in KwaZulu-Natal. This has led to speculation that Zuma’s supporters were plotting to split from the ANC or to combine with other factions to overthrow President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The ANC has rubbished these reports as nothing but a propaganda campaigned aimed at dividing the party.
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