Zulu royal house backtracks on King Zwelithini comments

King Goodwill Zwelithini reportedly said the National Party’s gains were reversed by black people.

FILE: Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Zulu royal house has backtracked on comments made by King Goodwill Zwelithini at a cattle auction sale in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend.

The Mercury reported that King Zwelithini said the National Party had built a government with a strong economy and army, but this was destroyed by black people who reversed the gains of the apartheid government.

But the royal house's Prince Thulani Zulu now says the king was only speaking about farming and how it was taught during that era.

Zulu said the king lived through the apartheid era and because he spoke at a cattle auction, he mentioned how the previous regime trained farmers.

Prince Zulu said the king's subjects should learn how to farm from others.

"He was encouraging people to follow suit, to humble themselves and learn from anybody who knows [how to farm]."

This year, the Human Rights Commission also cleared King Zwelithini from any wrongdoing after he was accused of inciting xenophobic violence.

ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY ROYAL HOUSE

The Zulu royal house says the claims that King Zwelithini has defended apartheid are disrespectful attempts to destroy the nation.

Zulu says they don't want to justify claims that the king believes the current government is undoing good work done by the apartheid regime.

"I actually don't want to associate the king or myself with that because the king was talking in the context of farming and not on any other thing."

He says the reports on the king's comments forms part of attempts to destroy the Zulu house.

"This is disrespectful to the king and it shows that people do not understand what royalty is. I know they are trying whatever they can to destroy the royalty, but we know our king is a symbol of unity."