Meeting of AmaKhosi of the Kingdom of KwaZulu Natal – 22 March 2002

MEETING OF THE AMAKHOSI OF THE KINGDOM OF KWAZULU NATAL

RESOLUTIONS

ULUNDI : MARCH 22, 2002

1: The amaKhosi of the Kingdom of KwaZulu Natal met in Ulundi on March 22, 2002 and unanimously adopted the following Resolution:

AmaKhosi:

  1. Noted with great alarm and disquiet the careless and almost arrogant fashion in which the provincial Legislature of KwaZulu Natal approached the handling of the delicate and sensitive issue of the capital of the Province.
  2. Expresses their recommendation that the issue of the capital of KwaZulu Natal should be treated with sensitivity and in an all-inclusive process which forges a consensus solution around which the Province can unify.
  3. Warn against taking such a fundamental and long-lasting decision in a rushed fashion and by a simple majority, for this would alienate those who do not concur with such decision, dividing the Province and creating a long-lasting cause for attrition, conflicts and possible violence.
  4. Recommends that all political Parties respect the agreement which they reached when they accepted the findings and proposals of the Cadman Commission.
  5. Urges the provincial Legislature to lift the issue of the capital from the contentiousness of political bickering and heed the time-tested wisdom of amaKhosi.

2: The amaKhosi of the Kingdom of KwaZulu Natal met in Ulundi on March 22, 2002 and unanimously adopted the following Resolution:

AmaKhosi:

  1. Note with extreme disquiet and displeasure that certain Cabinet Ministers of the Province of KwaZulu Natal engaged in unbecoming and unruly conduct in front of His Majesty the King on the occasion of the opening by him of the provincial Legislature.
  2. Note that such behaviour was so out of control that those concerned did not even heed the repeated calls to order and to maintain respect, made by the Speaker of the Legislature.
  3. Express the greatest concern at the sight of leaders behaving with such lack of respect for His Majesty and the parliamentary institution which gives a terrible example to our people, especially our youth.
  4. Reiterate that the culture of respect is essential for any established society and is the characterising feature of the Zulu Nation.
  5. Condemn any break-down in our ancestral culture of respect and actions which undermine the dignity and the office of the Monarch.
  6. Call on those who lack respect for the King to atone themselves by apologising to His Majesty and the Nation.
  7. Urge all those concerned to look at the example which amaKhosi of the Kingdom of KwaZulu Natal have constantly given with their behaviour which even under the most taxing and stressful conditions has never degenerated into unbecoming behaviour, insults and verbal abuse.