The IFP has learnt with great sadness and grief, the news of the passing of three amakhosi in KwaZulu-Natal. It is regrettable and painful that the traditional leadership in the province has suffered such a huge blow in the space of a week.
We bow our heads in reverence and mourning following the sudden deaths of Inkosi S.A. Hlongwa, of the Hlongwa Traditional Council in iLembe District, who passed away on Thursday, 14 January; Inkosi P.J. Ngubane, of the AmaBomvu Traditional Council, who passed away on Saturday, 16 January; and Inkosi T. Mntungwa of the Baso Traditional Council, who passed away on the morning of Sunday, 17 January. Amakhosi Ngubane and Mntungwa were from uMsinga, under the uMzinyathi District.
We send our deepest condolences to His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaNyangayezizwe; Prime Minister to the King and the Zulu nation, Prince of KwaPhindangene, Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi; Chairperson of Traditional Leadership in KwaZulu-Natal, iNkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza; amakhosi, izinduna, and their respective Councils and Clans.
Trying times such as these call for unity amongst amakhosi: they must rally behind King Zwelithini kaNyangayezizwe, as predators seek to confiscate the land under the trusteeship of His Majesty.
The fallen amakhosi managed to lead their Clans peacefully, despite the Clan flare-ups, which plagued most of uMsinga area.
We salute and applaud the remarkable contribution they made as leaders, servants and custodians of Zulu culture. We will forever be grateful for their contribution in maintaining order, and in preserving the core values and principles of ubuntu. Indeed, we are much poorer with their departure.
May their souls forever rest in peace.
IFP Spokesperson for Community Safety and Liaison in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature
Mr Blessed Gwala
078 290 5842