ISSUES AT STAKE: Zulu king does not deserve this kind of disrespect

King Goodwill Zwelithini PHOTO: Mandla Mkhize - The Mercury

ONE struggles to understand that in this day and age there are still people, black people and Zulus especially, who do not know the name of the reigning Zulu king, His Majesty Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu.

The leaking of an audio clip between the king and a MiWay sales agent, Sithembiso Sithole, has reference.

In the audio clip Sithole called the king by his first name (ngikhuluma nobaba uZwelithini Zulu) and offered him low premiums on his car, house and furniture insurance.

The Zulu king is not only known here in South Africa, but throughout the continent and the globe.

Which part of the planet does Sithole come from?

He has shifted the blame solely to his company for the confusion, but surely Sithole should have known better.

When he was given the name to phone, something should have clicked in his mind that there is only one person with that name, the king of the Zulu nation.

During his interaction with the king, Sithole sounded relaxed and therefore saw nothing wrong with phoning him calling him by his first name (Zwelithini Zulu) – until he later learned who he actually spoke to.

Even learners at primary school level know King Zwelithini’s name because they read about him, see him in newspaper photographs or on television.

I find it hard to believe that Sithole is so clueless about his own king, to the level that he addresses him by his first name.

For a man who hails from Umzimkhulu to conduct himself in that fashion is very concerning.

Sithole’s conduct should not only be considered an insult to the Zulu nation, but is an indication of a high level of ignorance of the culture and customs of the indigenous people of this country.

His Majesty (Imbube) is not only the direct heir and descendant of all the Zulu kings, but is also the custodian of the Zulu customs and traditions.

The king has consistently upheld the timeless culture of respect, which is the foundation upon which the Zulu nation was built.

His Majesty must be commended for his calmness and diplomacy during his conversation with Sithole.

He has distinguished himself as a father of the nation whose role in building a just and moral society in our province and the country is well known.

Turning back to Sithole’s company, MiWay insurance, they themselves should not get away for leaking this audio clip to the public.

It is clear they have violated the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), which guarantees the right to privacy and right to fair and responsible marketing.

Wiseman Mthiyane

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