King’s culture call is all about land
Author: Nomboniso Gasa
KING Goodwill Zwelithini made a fiery speech in Kokstad recently in which he declared 2015 to be the Year of the Regiment. He urged male initiates to be “his regiment and defend African culture against critics”.
His call to arms must be understood in the broader context of claims of power over land, resources and customary law.
King Zwelithini’s speech is also one of the multiple ways in which traditional leaders make decisions in areas of life that are historically not within their scope in African cultural systems. Their entry into these areas did not result from fluid and organic growth and changes of African cultures. It is part of the legacy of colonial distortion of African cultures and customary systems which vested power in one ruler (in the image of the European systems).
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