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The mushrooming of 11 kings in KwaZulu-Natal claiming recognition and equal status to that of the reigning Zulu King Zwelithini has stirred up a hornet's nest.
The subject evokes strong emotions bordering on unguided anger if not dealt with sensitively.
It is quite disturbing to hear the pro-Zulu monarch lobby asking the king to declare war on the "new wannabe kings".
It is scary to hear Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi connecting this issue to the resolution of the "broader Zulu question".
And its horrendous to hear a so-called cultural expert going on a diatribe laced with subtle xenophobia.
The expert, beating the war drum, ordered that tribes like Amahlubi go back to Swaziland and Amathonga (Tembe) and Amangwane go back to Mozambique to claim their kingship.
While it could be perfectly normal in a modern state for these new claimants to express their views, lest we forget, it is not easy to undo history resting on a bedrock of yesteryear heroism and wars of expansion.
The existence of the Zulu monarchy and kingdom has direct links with the legacy of King Shaka - who conquered in the battle field at the behest of a spear.
To approach this matter without considering these latent issues can catapult the Zulu Kingdom into a bloodbath of unimaginable proportions. Cool heads, please.