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'Mother of all Zulu celebrations' set to kick off

By Canaan Mdletshe | Oct 14, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 47 ]

THOUSANDS of Zulu amabutho (warriors) are expected to converge on King Shaka International Airport tomorrow when Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini launches Zulu 200.

This is a countdown programme towards the year 2016 when the Zulu nation will be celebrating 200 years since its formation by King Shaka.

King Shaka formed the Zulu nation in 1816. The Zulus are one of the original peoples of South Africa.

They were Bantu-speaking, but adopted some of the Khoisan click sounds in their language. At the end of the 1700s the name "Zulu" belonged to a small clan of a few hundred people.

In 1816 King Senzangakhona, the chief of the Zulu clan, died, leaving Shaka descendant to the throne.

King Shaka wanted to unite various clans and make them into a large nation under his leadership.

To do so, he set up a programme training new warriors in new war tactics and giving them a sense of discipline and a desire to be part of a wider nation rather than a clan.

Coincidentally, tomorrow's launch, which will see amabutho in full traditional regalia invoking the spirit of King Shaka through amahubo (hymns) and traditional dance routines, takes place two days before Ukhozi FM DJ Ngizwenkosi Mchunu returns to Equality Court.

Mchunu launched a R10-million discrimination and defamation lawsuit against the airport, agriculture department, and the SA Revenue Service's customs and excise department aftersecurity personnel allegedly threatened to destroy his traditional shield (ihawu) because it was "infested with foot-and-mouth disease".

One of the organisers and cultural activist Mandla kaNozulu said this "mother of all Zulu celebrations" was the commemoration of the second centenary of this "great nation".

The celebrations will run over the next five years.

He said when King Shaka kaSenzangakhona ascended the throne of the Zulu clan in 1816, the Zulu was the smaller of the clans that lived on the eastern coast of South Africa.

"He (King Shaka) launched a programme that aimed at amalgamating the Nguni clans into a nation.

King Shaka formed a nation that became one of the most admired kingdoms of the world," he said.

The Airports Company of SA was approached and agreed to host the launching event at the airport.

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Tabza325is

Were is Khorombi.
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Did you not see the serial rapist that was arested and put to jail in Limpopo? After that happend uKhorrombi wanyamalala!

Oct 17, 2011 8:2 | 0 replies

Minzi , nawe maan !!

Oct 14, 2011 3:35 | 0 replies

@THUKZIN WAGAGAGAGAGA . ME HICISTE REIR!

Oct 14, 2011 3:27 | 0 replies

@ Minzi , makuyinhlamba oyibhalile , nawe !!

Oct 14, 2011 3:23 | 0 replies

A li li li liiiiiiiiiiiii

Wena wesilo, Bayedeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Oct 14, 2011 3:20 | 0 replies

@THUKZIN, TIENE TODO LA RAZON. ESTOY TOTALMENTE ACUERDO CONTIGO.

Oct 14, 2011 3:20 | 0 replies

By the way whoever is not taking the Zulu Nation seriously do that at their own peril , they must ask Madiba how he negotiated with iNkatha in the early 90's.Bekuzochitheka igazi .

Oct 14, 2011 3:13 | 0 replies

Honour to You Mr Zulu!!!!!!!

Oct 14, 2011 3:12 | 0 replies

@Da-undisputed
King Shaka formed the Zulu nation in 1816. The Zulus are one of the original peoples of South Africa
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What do you mean.

Oct 14, 2011 3:11 | 0 replies

Wena Mellow , ichill pill yamasimba mani nje nempela udelela iSilo kanje ufuna sithule , wena Soma uthenga isikelemu ucabanga ukuthi uzobhejiswa yilezinto ezigcwele ungcosula la , akukhulunywa kanjalo ngeSilo , uZulu wehlula ama Ngisi e Sandlanwa , sidinga ukuhlonishwa .

Oct 14, 2011 3:9 | 0 replies

@All....dumelang...

@ApelMankotsana
Good to see our own Black history celebrated by our own people. I hope this will be a lesson to all South African cultures to celebrate their own identity andculture. We must write our own history. It will be good to see so many taxi drivers and security officers in one place.
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Oct 14, 2011 3:46 | 0 replies