EFF makes good­will ges­ture to Zulu king

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - BHEKI MBAN­JWA

IT WAS a case of a four-year-old meet­ing a 69-year-old el­der and ex­chang­ing birth­day gifts when the EFF’s top brass met King Good­will Zwelithini yes­ter­day.

The lead­er­ship of the EFF, which turned four on Wed­nes­day, paid a visit to the Zulu king at his Lindu Zulu Royal Palace in the tra­di­tional cap­i­tal of Nongoma on the day he turned 69, led by its leader, Julius Malema.

“These in­cluded four cows which they (the EFF) said are preg­nant, and a bull.

“As is cus­tom, the king also gave them a beast, which they took away,” said the king’s brother and royal house spokesper­son Prince Mbon­isi Zulu.

The king had some words of ad­vice for mem­bers of the young party, who are known for be­ing rab­ble-rousers in Par­lia­ment.

“He spoke to them as a par­ent and em­pha­sised the need for re­spect.

“It should be re­mem­bered that the Zulu na­tion is known for re­spect and, as the cus­to­dian of that, the king had to talk about re­spect.”

He told the EFF mem­bers that all po­lit­i­cal lead­ers had to be­have in a dig­ni­fied man­ner as their ac­tions had a bear­ing on how the coun­try was viewed.

“He told them that all of us have to work to­wards build­ing a pros­per­ous South Africa and that re­quires politi­cians to be con­struc­tive.”

The prince em­pha­sised that the king was apo­lit­i­cal and had hosted lead­ers of other po­lit­i­cal par­ties at his palaces in the past.

The EFF has been criss-cross­ing KwaZulu-Natal gar­ner­ing sup­port ahead of its birth­day cel­e­bra­tion rally to be held at the Cur­rie’s Foun­tain Sta­dium to­mor­row.

Malema’s visit to the king earned him praise from Twit­ter users.

@Muhal­iCalvin tweeted: “Salute lead­er­ship; we re­spect old peo­ple be­cause of their be­hav­iour, not be­cause of age.”

@PrinceTjotjo said: “Well done to EFF, we salute.”

@kgaugelo_N, who was less happy, tweeted: “The Zulu King ben­e­fits un­fairly from tax­pay­ers’ money even though some of us don’t sub­ject our­selves to tra­di­tional lead­ers.

“When the EFF comes into power, it will change such al­lo­ca­tions of tax­pay­ers’ money.”


IN STEP: EFF lead­ers Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu with Zulu King Good­will Zwelithini in the tra­di­tional cap­i­tal of Nongoma.

ROYAL GIFT: The EFF lead­er­ship pre­sented the king with five cat­tle.

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