Prime Minister to the Zulu Royal family Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has bemoaned the recent events at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), where supporters of former president Jacob Zuma gathered, in violation of the lockdown regulations.

Here’s a reminder: Zuma supporters flooded Nkandla on Sunday, 4 July 2021 – the same day he had been scheduled to hand himself over to the authorities. Well, he has managed to avoid prison for the time being, as the Constitutional Court, which imposed the 15-month sentence, agreed to hear his rescission application.

Prince Mangosuthu slams Nkandla gathering

Former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters have warned there will be hell to pay, if he does in fact get taken to prison. Well, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has not taken kindly to such sentiments.

“This is not the first time that a leader in our country has faced imprisonment, or worse. History provides us with many examples. But history also shows us how those leaders acted in the face of trial — even unjust trial — and how their people acted in response,” he said.

“What is happening in Nkandla right now runs contrary to our dignity as a people. We are making ourselves a spectacle in the eyes of the world.”

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Prince Mangosuthu has cited a number of examples, including from his own family, where embattled leaders opted to face the consequences of their actions, as opposed to Zuma’s countless delaying tactics.

He made reference to King Dinuzulu, the son of King Cetshwayo. King Dinuzulu, who led the Zulu nation from 1888, was found guilty of treason in 1989 and subsequently exiled.

“The Zulu regiments were mighty at that time, but the king submitted himself willingly to arrest, like his father. There was no uprising …,” he said.

“And in 1964, when we were deprived of the cream of our liberation leaders — Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Sisulu and the other Rivonia trialists — we did not contemplate a physical revolt.”

Prince Mangosuthu said however, he sympathises with Zuma.

“I sympathise with Mr Zuma’s family in this difficult time. Any lawyer would have known the consequences awaiting the former president if he refused to comply with the Constitutional Court’s order to appear at the state capture commission”

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

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Presh JM Reporter

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