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zulu king's birthday wish

By unknown | Aug 13, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has appealed to political parties to rally together and work for peace and stability in KwaZulu-Natal ahead of next year's elections.

The king's plea comes in the wake of political squabbling between the IFP and the ANC in the province over the process of renaming streets and buildings in the ANC-led eThekwini municipality.

The Zulu monarch told politicians gathered at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Conventional Centre in Durban at his 60th birthday that he would be pleased if politicians gave a him a gift of peace and unity.

The birthday party was organised by female MEC in the province.

As part of gender awareness, the provincial government tasked four female MECs to throw a memorable feast for the king. It was attended by amakhosi, politicians, business leaders, royal family members, including five queens and their children.

King Zwelithini said politicians should stop fighting in parliament because this affected service delivery.

"I'm humbled by the way you respect me," he said. "But my people are hungry. I'm leading a dying nation. People starve because the money is not being used properly.

"If you could ensure that there's food for every family you will have given me my second birthday present. People should be able to plough and have food ahead of next year's elections."

He also said those leaving government next year should know that their contribution would still be required by the nation.

He said his journey to his 60th birthday was not an easy one but that he had remained focused even in times of sorrow and accusation.

"I was not aware that there were people who noticed what I was doing for my people," the king said.

"I'm happy that I'm being appreciated while I'm still alive. But I still need a gift of peace."

Zwelithini said politicians were allowed to differ on policies but wondered why they differed on service delivery.

He warned that if politicians failed to unite ahead of the 2010 World Cup the country might lose it.

"There are people who were unhappy when our country got a chance to organise this event. We could lose it if we do not change our behaviour."


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