Ramaphosa Bids Farewell to ISilo

Written by on 18 March, 2021

By: Lindelani Mbatha

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the late King Goodwill Zwelithini played a huge role in bringing peace and stability in the KwaZulu-Natal province.

Ramaphosa has been addressing mourners at King Zwelithini’s official memorial service, held at KwaKheth’ Omthandayo Royal Palace in KwaNongoma.

The King of the Zulu nation was laid to rest at the KwaDlamahlahla palace, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The longest-serving Zulu monarch died from COVID-19 complications last week.

He’s been hailed for reviving Zulu culture, strong traditional leadership, and leading the call for many social challenges like the fight against HIV/Aids.

Ramaphosa says His Majesty called an end to political killings, going to various parts of the country including hostels.

“During the tumultuous period of political transition in this country, he played a significant role in the achievement of democracy. As the country moved towards democracy, he called for an end to political killings, travelling around the country meeting and encouraging people to resort to peaceful means of resolving conflict,” says Ramaphosa.

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The President says the passing of uNgangezwelakhe means the country lost a revered leader, whose rich legacy will always be remembered.

“Isilo took it upon himself to restore two Zulu cultural activities that were no longer prominent as a result of colonial interference, namely Umkhosi wo Mhlanga, the annual Reed Dance, and Umkhosi Wo kweshwama, the Ceremony of the First Fruits,” explains the President.

Ramaphosa adds that says it was during his reign that his people along with the people of the country realised their dream of freedom.


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