COMBINED IMBIZO OF AMAKHOSI AND THEIR CLANS AND DESCENDANTS OF KING MPANDE
DURBAN: AUGUST 3, 2002
The Zulu Nation met on the third day of August 2002 through a combined Imbizo, and its clans and unanimously adopted the following:
- The Zulu Nation has taken cognisance of the long string of broken promises to the resolution of the thorny conflict between the powers and functions of municipalities and those of traditional leadership.
- The Zulu Nation is appalled and deeply hurt by the government of the day holding the institution of traditional leadership in such high contempt and treating it with such deplorable disrespect.
- The Zulu Nation is angered that the will of the people democratically expressed through elections, may be twisted and manipulated by legislation which changes the electoral verdict without any prior notice having been given to the voters that such outcome could be possible.
- The Zulu Nation urges all legislatures, the judiciary and the Executive to respect the rule of law and democracy by ensuring that the legislation allowing elected representatives to cross the floor in the middle of their mandate, is either repealed, declared unconstitutional or otherwise remedied.
- The Zulu Nation is very concerned, very angered, very disappointed. Yet the Zulu Nation believes in the unity of South Africa, in the rules of democracy, in the practise of non-violence and in the full measure of unconditional and unqualified respect for the law, for even though we may not like the laws under which we serve, we will abide by them until they can be changed.
- The Zulu Nation gives a firm mandate to the House of Traditional Leaders, its elected representatives, its amaKhosi, its Monarchy and its leaders, to protect the institution of the Monarchy, seeking its recognition and to uphold, defend and protect the institution of traditional leadership.
- The Zulu Nation will stand behind its leadership in whatever action it takes within the confines of the law and the Constitution to ensure that the longstanding promises made for the recognition of the Kingdom and the protection of traditional leadership are finally fulfilled.