Daar bestaan vandag, meer as 25 jaar na die sogenaamde demokrasie in 1994 sowat 8840 tradisionele leiers onder die verskillende swart en bruin volke in Suid-Afrika. Dit beteken egter nie ons het nie ook regte hier nie, verseker het ons ‘n reg tot gebiede wat aan ons behoort. Suid-Afrika het nog altyd uit blankes, swartes, bruin en indiër volke bestaan.
Dis ook nie asof die 1961-1994 regering, die ander etniese volke se bestaansreg ontken het nie. Inteendeel dit het nog nooit gestop nie. Daar was nooit afstand gedoen van Tuislande soos wat FW de Klerk of die ANC beweer nie. Daar het naamsveranderinge plaasgevind, ou wette voor 1994 geskrap om plek te maak vir nuwe Trust en CPA wetgewings asook gebiede wat omskakel is. Daar is selfs name op die wetgewing en geregistreerde CPA uitgespel en is alles in Hansard of wetgewing vervat.
Maar bronne wys ook dat daar voor Shaka nooit enige “Zoeloe” volk bestaan het nie, maar wel ‘n paar Nguni stamme in die tydperk van Mfecane. Goodwill Zwelithini, die koning van die Zoeloevolk erken ook dat hulle sedert 1816 bestaan.
When Shaka became chief of the Zulus in 1816, the tribe numbered fewer than 1 500 and was among the smaller of the hundreds of other tribes in southern Africa. However, Shaka proved a brilliant military man, forming well-commanded regiments and arming his warriors with assegais, a type of long-bladed, short spear that was easy to wield and deadly.
The Zulus rapidly conquered neighbouring tribes, incorporating the survivors into their ranks. By 1823, Shaka was in control of all of present-day Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The Zulu conquests greatly destabilised the region and resulted in a great wave of migrations by uprooted tribes. In 1827, Shaka’s mother, Nandi, died, and the Zulu leader started to lose his mind. In his grief, Shaka had hundreds of Zulus killed, and he outlawed the planting of crops and the use of milk for a year.
All women found pregnant were murdered along with their husbands. He sent his army on an extensive military operation, and when they returned exhausted, he immediately ordered them out again. It was the last straw for the lesser Zulu chiefs.
On 22 September 1828, his half-brothers murdered Shaka. Dingane, one of the brothers, then succeeded him as king of the Zulus.
There are currently (Hansard 2018) 8840 black and brown (Khoi san – Griqwas) traditional leaders in South Africa.
Native monarchies persist in South Africa – even before 1994 – between 11 and 15. The Zulu tribe do have a king and is in South Africa since 1816. It was during the 1961-1994 period as well. All of them voted for their own leaders. There separate lands started while the British ruled this areas (colonies) during the Shepstone Policy of 1854. And it is still there if you compare this policy with the Hansards today (Trustland and CPA legislations).
The King of the Zulus receives a generous subsidy from the South African government, while the Bafokeng tribe under King Leruo Molotlegi is the richest tribe in Africa since a court case gave them a 22% royalty on all platinum mined from their tribal lands.
South Africa’s most “famous royal” is of course former president Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela, a “prince of the Xhosa blood royal”, and many princes are known for their participation in politics and society (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi being a prominent example).
The British trappings of the South African monarchy prevented it from ever becoming the monarchy of the whole country, but the liberal Nationalists were unwise in overthrowing the system rather than just changing the dynasty.
What did the liberals try to make? A so-called failed rainbow nation while there are still separate areas like Trust and CPA’s (homelands before 1994)? To create “one so-called fake and unhappy mixed nation”
If we began this reflection with a quotation from one of France’s greatest writers, it is more appropriate to end it with the words of the greatest liberal South African who ever lived, Field Marshal Jan Christian Smuts:
“If a nation does not want a monarchy, change the nation’s mind. If a nation does not need a monarchy, change the nation’s needs.”