The leader of Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema mentioned that the Zulu royal family must show unity in order to keep the relevance of the monarchy among South Africans.
Malema went to see the Zulu royal household in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal after the passing of AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini last week.
After the visit, the party leader addressed the media.
Malema explained that there should be no division after the passing of the king within the Zulu royal family as this would harm the credibility of the monarchy.
“Many monarchs are no longer respected, many monarchs are not taken seriously because of simple issues of unity.”
He added on to say that King Zwelithini’s successor should be ready enough and brave to enter the debate on the Ingonyama Trust, which controls about 2.8 million hectares of land in KwaZulu-Natal.
“It’s a necessary debate, we should not be a nation that is scared of debating controversial issues, including issues we don’t all agree on. The discussion are not necessitated by the desire to kill. We engage because we must find each other.”
The late monarch is expected to be buried on Thursday