A spokesperson of the AmaZulu royal household, Prince Thulani Zulu, says King Misuzulu KaZwelithini could not deliver his Heritage Day speech due to ill heath.
Zulu read the speech on behalf of the king at celebrations in KwaDukuzu north of Durban. He says the king attended the event because of it’s significance despite having been in hospital the previous day.
In the speech, the king called for unity in the nation, to follow in the foot steps of King Shaka.
Prince Thulani Zulu says, “Yesterday, the King was (stricken) by heavy flu, and we were expecting the King to be here today. He was hospitalised yesterday and it brought some confusion in my mind as the Doctor emphasised that he must not stand for a long time and he must not talk. But he made a request to attend the ceremony as he is attending it for the first time, as it would be ashamed (sic) for him if he does not come. We made things easy for the King to read the speech.”
In his speech that was delivered by Zulu, King Misuzulu Ka-Zwelithini emphasized the importance of unity among the AmaZulu people.
“It’s another way of praying and asking for unity. He spoke about the relationship between Dingiswayo of Mthethwa tribe and the majesty King Shaka. As the Zulu nation he stressed that we must be united and he stressed that there should be a relationship among the Kings. And he reminded the nation that all these people were united and we must be one and united Zulu nation.”