History to be seen in true light

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini yesterday added his voice to the chorus around statements he made at the unveiling of a statue to former King Dinuzulu.

At the ceremony in Greytown last week, the king accused the provincial government, led by Premier S'bu Ndebele, of distorting history.

The king was referring to the province's tribute to the revolt by the Ingcugce regiment of women in 1876.

He denied King Cetshwayo had ordered their killings.

Yesterday a statement from the king's office said he was "utterly astonished" to read in Sowetan the report headlined "Zulu King blasts Ndebele".

Head of the royal household, Vusi Shongwe, said: "The king unequivocally states that he has a high regard for the premier who has displayed passion for Zulu history and culture.

"There is no report which has reached His Majesty in which either the premier or his advisers have talked about endorsing the defiance of the Ingcugce maidens to King Cetshwayo.

"Most of the history written by people who were aligned to colonial beliefs is twisted and leaves much to be desired," Shongwe said.

"It will always be important to insist on a correct historical, cultural and social context when dealing with matters which might portray traditional leadership as oppressive and Draconian."