- Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has welcomed back nearly 300 Kokstad initiates who have transcended into manhood
- From the effects of apartheid to gender-based violence, the ruler voiced his opinion
- The men were treated to some insights into Zwelithini's position on the hot topic issues
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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has welcomed back hundreds of Kokstad initiates who completed their transition into manhood.
After their journey into the mountains as part of the cultural practice, Zwelithini had welcomed back the KZN residents, thankful that a collaboration with the state had ensured the safety of those who took part.
During his address at the uLwaluko Homecoming Ceremony over the weekend, the Zulu monarch called for an end to gender-based violence:
“From the beginning of this month, everyone, wherever he is, must, when he meets with a woman, protect her instead of thinking of sleeping with her and later kill her. No one should look at her and think he must sleep with her. The best respect a man can do for a woman is protect her and escort her home safely. From now onwards in the Zulu kingdom, the killing of one another must come to an end."
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Briefly.co.za reported that violence against women and children had taken a spotlight last year, culminating in a march to the World Economic Forum which had been hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
This had evidently not escaped Zwelithini, who urged the young men in attendance to take care when it comes to their partners and future children, reports SowetanLIVE.
Land reform was also discussed during the event, with the King adamant that the damage done by apartheid was still present when it came to modern ownership.
The ANC was blasted for continuing the division put into place by the former government:
“They once divided the Zulu kingdom and said Kokstad is in Natal and Umzimkhulu is in the Eastern Cape. These people were very arrogant. How can you come and divide other people’s land and its people, give it to others without consulting them? They divide it until there are times people are required to use passports to cross over. We used to visit each other without a problem They did this just to undermine us. Just like what they did in 1982 when they wanted to take Ingwavuma land and give it to certain people (eSwatini). We fought hard to stop that."
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