Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini is deeply troubled with the way things are in South Africa, and has called on politicians and party leaders to grow up, put aside party interest and make South Africa their priority as the country is in dire need of courageous leaders who can help the nation navigate through its current challenges.
King Zwelithini remarked that KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa is challenged my many troubles that can only be addressed by courageous leaders when he was addressing his audience at the official opening of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg.
Speaking, King Zwelithini acknowledge that it is normal for political parties to have different agenda, focus, viewpoints and interest. But then, he emphasized that it is abnormal for the political parties to forget that the well-being of the people and the country is the most important thing.
“There comes a time when family members have to rise above their differences and consider what is in the interest of the family and forge a way ahead. The success of the family rests upon each member,” Zwelithini said.
“We need courageous leaders, regardless of their racial and political make up, who can rise above personal interests and help us in navigating the current challenges,” he added.
To the king, instances abound where political party leaders and members showed they lacked of tolerance. With that, he warned that if the party should continue with such attitudes, South Africa will be completely ruined.
Among other things, King Zwelithini pointed out that the increasing unrest between the police and communities is worrisome, indicated that the soaring racial tensions is wearisome and lamented that they reflects an urgent need to solve the deep-seated problems of the country.
“It is not nice to witness incidents that remind us of the days of apartheid. What all of us should accept is that we cannot develop if we do not forgive one another and allow bygones to be bygones,” he pleaded.