24 September 2016 – Die dag het die Zoeloes hul 200 jarige bestaan gevier in Zoeloeland of soos dit tans bekend staan Ingonyama Trust. Ingonyama Trust is slegs vir die Zoeloe volk – dit was voorheen ‘n Zoeloe tuisland en voor dit reservate, wat deur die Britte toegeken is (voor 1961 en sedert 1854) onder die Shepstone beleid.
The Zulu people celebrated their 200 years in southern Africa in 2016. It resulted in President Jacob Zuma, a proud Zulu, delegating the responsibility of giving the main address of Heritage Day at Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley to his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa. Zuma was at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban to attend an uMkhosi weLembe (Shaka’s Day) celebration that marked 200 years since King Shaka founded the mighty Zulu kingdom.
VIDEO’S – FROM 1816 ONWARDS
KwaZulu-Natal, a region in eastern South Africa with the Drakensberg Mountains to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east, is home to one of the most powerful kingdoms in the African continent – the Zulu.
ZULU : 200 YEAR
The Zulu nation is turning 200 years old this year. Since its inception its survived wars and famine.
1816-2016 – 200 YEARS
Celebrations began with a parade in the city centre which led to Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, himself a Zulu; Inkatha Freedom Party leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi; and King Goodwill Zwelithini were in attendance at the packed stadium.
Celebrations were also for the king who will have reigned for 45 years on 3 December 2016, making him the longest serving king of the Zulus.
The Zulu nation was founded at the start of the 17th century by an ancestor called Zulu (which means ‘sky’ or ‘heaven’) and was relatively small. Today approximately 11 million Zulus live in South Africa and the Zulu language is the mother tongue for the largest percentage of people in SA (over 22%).
The King called on the parents to take part in the debate on university fees, saying it wasn’t right for them to not be participating “when your children are at odds with government” and that it didn’t matter whether they were educated or not.
“You’ve been silent for too long,” he said.
President Zuma also urged the Zulu nation to return to its roots of respecting women and children.
In a move welcomed by conservationists, King Goodwill Zwelithini called on his people to defend KwaZulu-Natal’s resources… particularly the rhino (of which at least 117 have been brutally poached already this year). He asked the Zulus to be the “police” and “be the last line of defence against this scourge of rhino killing. I urge you.”