- Hon. Speaker and Members, as we bid farewell to His Majesty, King Zwelithini Ka Bhekuzulu, we may not fully understand the colossal void that has been created in the lives of His Majesty‘s family, local communities, friends and close associations. As citizens of KZN, we were all very much a part of Royal traditions and are very blessed.
- His Majesty had a good relationship with political parties in general and always included smaller political parties in traditional programs as he started playing a major role in moral regeneration, social cohesion and nation-building. The Reed Dance stands out amongst Zulu festivals.
- On behalf of S.A Indians and Hindus in particular, His Majesty had for several years started a Diwali celebration programme at his palaces. I was fortunate to address the last one in 2019 before COVID-19 prevented last year‘s event.
- Through the years His Majesty, grew in statesmanship and political stature emboldening strong leadership skills in us all.
- Many a time His Majesty‘s intervention had saved KZN from chaos, especially during the Xenophobic attacks. His Majesty brought to light the plight of the rural people and urged development which saw progress in terms of safety, security and land reforms.
- His leadership and guidance in the House of Traditional Leaders was well known. We congratulate the Queen Mother on her appointment recently. His Majesty’s soul would find peace in again being a beacon of hope for all women in terms of empowerment in traditionally patriarchal roles.
- The MF takes this opportunity to wish his successor the best in shoes that will be difficult to fill. We are here to support the Royal family and hope to be addressed by his successor soon in this Hon. House. May his soul RIP.
- Thank you.
Hon. S. Thakur-Rajbansi
Debated by: Hon. Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi
Minority Front Leader (KZN Legislature)
Date: Fri 26 Mar 2021
Time: 10:00 to 12:00
Word Count: 297 Words