Blood moon and royal brandy: King Zwelithini’s 70th birthday party

Blood moon and royal brandy: King Zwelithini’s 70th birthday party

- King Zwelithini held his 70th birthday dinner over the weekend

- It was a lavish affair attended by over 500 high-profile guests

- Highlights included royal brandy and the blood moon

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King Goodwill Zwelithini was lavishly feted over the weekend during a dinner party to mark his 70th birthday.

Briefly.co.za learned that KwaZulu-Natal businessman, Sanele Ngcobo, arranged the party on Friday, 27 July at KwaLinduzulu Palace in Nongoma.

The highlight of the event was the blood moon, which guests gathered outside to observe. Fittingly, the king recalled that 139 years ago, the Zulu defeated the British during an eclipse.

King Zwelithini pictured with billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe at the party. Source: Times Live/Thuli Dlamini

King Zwelithini pictured with billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe at the party. Source: Times Live/Thuli Dlamini

Over 500 high-profile guests attended the party, including billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe, KZN ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala, and businessman Vivan Reddy.

The guests were treated to royal brandy as well as red and sparkling wine branded "Bayede." They sat under a gold-draped marquee, which was it by crystal chandeliers.

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Guests were treated to lavish food and drinks. Source: Times Live/Thuli Dlamini

Guests were treated to lavish food and drinks. Source: Times Live/Thuli Dlamini

Speakers praised King Zwelithini. One of his children, Phumuza Zulu, spoke to Times Live and said:

I had to tell people what kind of a king he is. A God-fearing king. So, as children, we have learnt to follow the same God because we can see what he does.

Reddy also hailed the monarch's efforts at combating HIV/Aids as well promoting social cohesion.

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Guests tucked into their sumptuous three-course meal with white-and-gold cutlery and crystal glasses.

Generations: The Legacy star, Duma Mnqobi, was the master of ceremonies. The dinner followed more celebrations held earlier that day attended by over 2,000 people.

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