New dawn for In­dian‘ prince’ and Zulu king

The Sunday Independent - - NEWS - SIHLE MLAMBO

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.

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