New dawn for Indian‘ prince’ and Zulu king
FOR more than 15 years, philanthropist and businessman Ishwar Ramlutchman has been at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s side to mark Shaka’s Day and celebrate Heritage Day.
This year will be no different, but as a gesture to show Ramlutchman’s appreciation for the king, and to salute him for his contribution to society, a bronze bust of King Zwelithini will be unveiled and installed today at the KwaDukuza Museum.
It will be the first bronze bust of Zwelithini to be erected, said Ramlutchman, who is also known as “Prince Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu”.
Ramlutchman was bestowed the ceremon- ial gesture of being a “prince” by the king last year, to accept him into the Zulu culture for his role in extending a hand to other cultures and his anti-racism stance.
“He is my king. That is why every Heritage Day I have always been with him for the past 15 to 20 years to mark and honour tributes to King Shaka,” said Ramlutchman.
Zwelithini said: “Over the years we have witnessed several monuments being built in honour of my people.
“Last year marked the 200th year of the founding of the Zulu nation by King Shaka and 45 years of my reign. It is befitting that Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu has honoured the monarch and the Zulu nation with this monument.”
Ishwar Ramlutchman and King Goodwill Zwelithini.