Zulu royals must be united to maintain relevance of monarchy in SA - Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema said that the passing of the king should not cause divisions within the Zulu royal family as this would harm the credibility of the monarchy.

EFF leader Julius Malema, flanked by the top brass of his party, arrive at the KwaKhethomthandayo royal palace in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal on 16 March 2021 to pay their respects to the Zulu royal family following the passing of AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. Picture: Nkosikhona Duma/Eyewitness News

NONGOMA - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said that the Zulu royal family must project unity in order to maintain the relevance of the monarchy among South Africans.

Malema visited the Zulu royal household in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal following the passing of AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini last week.

The party leader addressed the media after his visit.

Malema said that the passing of the king should not cause divisions within the Zulu royal family as this would harm the credibility of the monarchy.

"Many monarchs are no longer respected, many monarchs are not taken seriously because of simple issues of unity."

He said that King Zwelithini’s successor should be brave enough to enter the debate on the Ingonyama Trust, which controls about 2.8 million hectares of land in KwaZulu-Natal.

"It's a necessary debate, we should not be a nation that is scared of debating controversial issues, including issues we don't all agree on. The discussion are not necessitated by the desire to kill. We engage because we must find each other."

The late monarch is expected to be planted on Thursday.

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