Re­mem­ber­ing the raz­ing of King Cetshwayo’s palace

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Kwazulu-natal News - SIHLE MAVUSO sih­lem@the­newage.co.za

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.

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