The powerful and influential monarch and King of the AmaZulu, King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu called for an immediate end to farm attacks, describing them as senseless. At the Imbizo, the Zulu word for a gathering to address the King’s subjects held on 6 September 2020, the King extended his hand of protection and friendship to the farming community of South Africa.

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King Goodwill Zwelithini called for the tightening of the borders saying some of those responsible for farm attacks possibly entered the country illegally.

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu was born in July 1948 and is the reigning King of the Zulu nation under the Traditional Leadership clause of South Africa’s constitution.

Since the government relaxed the COVID 19 lockdown restrictions, farmers have been under relentless attack with unprecedented cases of rape, murder, and torture.

One can only hope that corrupt politicians, do not undermine the words of the wise king.

The ANC’s relationship with the King, became troubled when talks in 2018 first began circulating of expropriation of land without compensation.

King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu warned the governing ANC, not to make the mistake of taking land from the Zulus because all hell will break loose. (Loosely translated). The meaning of his “warning” is left open to interpretation.

King Goodwill, became king on the death of his father, King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon, in 1968. Prince Israel Mcwayizeni kaSolomon acted as the regent from 1968 to 1971 while the King took refuge in St. Helena for three years to avoid assassination. After his 21st birthday and his first marriage, Zwelithini was installed as the eighth monarch of the Zulus at a traditional ceremony at Nongoma on 3 December 1971.

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