Thousands attend Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's imbizo. Picture: Screen grab from video.

Durban - Thousands of King Goodwill Zwelithini's subjects have arrived in Ulundi for the Zulu nation's imbizo on Wednesday. 

Most of them were Amabutho (Zulu regiments) clad in traditional regalia and brandishing traditional weapons. 

Arriving at the stadium some sang: "Elethu izwe owani umbango" loosely translated to mean: "the land is ours no need for arguments." 

The crowd also sang "uMotlanthe uyadelela. U Malema uyadelela," loosely translated to mean Motlanthe and Malema are rude.

The king, will address the gathering later today. 

His speech is expected to focus on the issue of communal land which the king believes is under threat. 

This follows a recommendation by a high level panel led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe. 

The panel recommended that the Ingonyama Trust Act needs to either be scrapped or amended. 

Also seen arriving at the imbizo was Carl Niehaus, the spokesperson of the uMkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans (MKMVA). 

Members of the Zulu royal family are also in attendance as are traditional leaders from across the province.


The Mercury