Remembering the razing of King Cetshwayo’s palace
THE burning of king Cetshwayo’s palace in Ulundi will be commemorated annually.
The palace was razed on July 4, 1879 by British forces who were avenging the defeat of the British army on January 20 of the same year when it faced the Zulu army in the battle of Isandlwana.
The Zulu royal family spokesperson, prince Thulani, said they felt there was a need to remember this incident as it was linked to the battle of Isandlwana where the British army suffered its first ever defeat in South Africa.
The prince said celebrations would kick off with about 500 warriors from Ulundi, Nongoma and Mahlabathini spicing up the event with Zulu cultural flair.
“This commemoration emanates from the Isandlwana battle where the forces of king Cetshwayo defeated the British army.
“Five months later, the British came to avenge the bitter defeat by burning the Ulundi palace. It would not be proper to remember the historic battle of Isandlwana without remembering this incident in Ulundi,” the prince said.
This year also marks 138 years since the burning of the palace.
“It will be officiated by king Goodwill Zwelithini. Arts and culture MEC Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi is also expected to attend proceedings,” he said.