Durban - The Zulu Royal Family has appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa to, in the future, join King Goodwill Zwelithini for the commemoration of Umkhosi Welembe held in KwaDukuza, on the KZN north coast.
The King’s spokesperson, Prince Thulani Zulu made the request during an interview with Independent Media on Tuesday, shortly before the King addressed amabutho, the traditional Zulu regiment, as part of commemorating the event.
“We would be honoured if our president (Ramaphosa) can be with us as we are part of this democracy. I hear that he is today celebrating this day elsewhere. We want him to be part of what we have always been doing way before he took over the office,” said Prince Thulani.
Former president Jacob Zuma had always attended the King's traditional ceremonies during his nine years in power. While the whole country is celebrating Heritage Day, the King on Tuesday celebrated the day as Umkhosi Welembe.
Prince Thulani said the Royal Family and the Zulu nation would never abandon the original name of the event.