Umkhosi weLembe celebrations expected to be big

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Thousands of people are expected to attend the annual Umkhosi weLembe formerly known as Shaka’s day at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on Sunday.

The event which coincides with Heritage Day was postponed last month following the death of one of the sons of the AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Prince Butho Zulu died after a short illness.

The event honours the legacy of AmaZulu founder King Shaka Zulu. The AmaZulu King and the royal family will be joined by various members of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature and traditional leaders.

The spokesperson of the royal house Prince Thulani Zulu says Sunday will be a big day. “It’s a big day for the Zulu nation. We will commemorate King Shaka as it usually takes place in September of each year but it was postponed due to the passing away of the royal family members we are expecting Amabutho and the whole nation together in Moses Mabhida stadium.”

The eThekwini Metro Police say plans are in place to manage more than 30 000 people expected to attend the annual celebration.

Ethekwini Metro Police Senior Superintendent Paboo Supersad says various roads leading to the stadium will be closed. Supersad has advised motorists to use alternative routes.