Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini says the establishment of his foundation has put an end to the grueling struggle for succession in the Zulu royal household.
Misuzulu was speaking at the launch of the King Misuzulu Foundation on Thursday, where more than 500 Food baskets were distributed to destitute flood victims in the Nazareth community, west of Durban.
The king said preparations for the establishment of his foundation had not gone smoothly due to the unrest that was sweeping the Zulu royal family.
“It was difficult to even come up with the name. How could we call it “king” when there were people who didn’t agree with my kingship,” Misuzulu said. p>
He applauded KwaZulu-Natal Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala for overseeing the entire succession struggle.
What we are waiting for are our certificates. We can’t go back. We won,” said Misuzulu.
Through this endowment, the Zulu king said he hoped to help the government by reaching out to the wider community.
He urged the public to back off instead of blaming the government, he said blaming the government is akin to blaming yourself.
He said he kicked in the great footsteps of his father, the late King Goodwill Zwelithini.
He also praised alcohol company Diageo, the National Lotteries Board, local taxi associations and other sponsors for supporting the initiative.
Terry Mdletshe of the Foundation said the launch followed a call from the Zulu monarch to witness the devastation caused by the disaster.
“He said go out and knock on donor and business doors so that you can change people’s lives. This should be the beginning of good things to come,” said Mdletshe.
Sibani Mngadi, Corporate Relations Manager at Diageo, said the floods did not leave them untouched as they took out some of their distressed workers by air from their Prospecton factory.
He said that after helping their workers, they felt it was time to extend their help to the public.
Zikalala welcomed the Zulu king for coming to the rescue of flood victims he was visiting after April’s devastating floods.
Councillor Bongani Ngubane said the floods had affected 3,000 people in his community and killed 34 people, while 150 homes were washed away.
The beneficiaries unanimously welcomed the initiative.
Sindiswe Zondi, 39, lost two of her children when four of the houses on top of her home collapsed.
” It destroyed everything. When it happened, my children were alone. As they tried to run away, they were washed away by the rubble,” said Zondi.
Thembisile Majola, 28, who suffered a severe blow when the floods claimed the lives of her parents and a brother, welcomed the initiative , as it would take a load.
Khanyisile Chiliza, 44, says although her family members’ lives have been spared, the same cannot be said of her belongings.
“As these When the whole ordeal started, I literally thought I had gone insane. I lost everything and it was difficult to pick up the pieces,” Chiliza said.
The unemployed mother of four said the basket was a big help.
“I am very happy. All I want is a shelter because I don’t want to live in a hall anymore,” Chiliza said.
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