King Zwelithini's annual imbizo to include women for first time

King Zwelithini's annual imbizo to include women for first time

- King Zwelithini will host his first imbizo this week with female attendees

- The imbizos have in the past served as platforms for the monarch to make announcements

- Last year, for example, he spoke about land reform

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is set to hold an imbizo on Thursday which will include for the first time female attendees.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi announced the event last month on Zwelithini's behalf.

While in the past only men have attended such imbizos, Buthelezi said Zwelithini wanted all members of the Zulu nation to attend this year.

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The imbizo is a large gathering at which Zwelithini addresses the Zulu nation. In the past, the events have also served as a platform for Zwelithini to raise issues of concern to him.

For example, he last year he defended the Ingonyama Trust Board from threats that its land would be handed over the state.

In the lead-up to this week's imbizo, a church service was held in Ulundi on Sunday, according to Sowetan Live.

The service was accompanied by meetings to discuss issues relating to the Zulu nation, such as the importance of the Zulu language and maintaining cultural traditions, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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It remains to be seen what Zwelithini will speak about on Thursday, but he may return to the issue of land reform once again.

He has been harsh in his criticism of the ANC government's handling of the land issue, despite promises from Cyril Ramaphosa that the land belonging to the Ingonyama Trust would not be expropriated.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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