EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda led members of the Executive Committee and Amakhosi to visit his Majesty King MisuZulu kaZwelithini on 24 October. The visit was to officially introduce the Executive Committee to the King as well as to provide a comprehensive report to His Majesty about the City’s state of readiness to host the certificate handover ceremony by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 29 October.
IT’S all systems go for the upcoming historic ceremony where a Certificate of Kingship will be presented to His Majesty King MisuZulu kaZwelithini by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 29 October at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The City is prepared to host the historic event with all logistics ready. Arrangements have been undertaken in partnership with the Presidency and the Office of the Premier to ensure that all necessary protocols and preparations are in place. EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda led a delegation of the City’s Executive Committee members and senior officials together with Amakhosi to KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace on 24 October.
The purpose of the visit was to present a comprehensive report to His Majesty about the City’s state of readiness to host the muchanticipated certificate handover ceremony. His Majesty appreciated the report and expressed that he was happy with how the government is working together to ensure the success of this historic event. “We are honoured as the City to be hosting this important ceremony. We would like to assure all those who will be visiting eThekwini that we are ready to warmly welcome them,” said Mayor Kaunda. Thousands of people from all over the world, including leaders from other countries, dignitaries, and other high-profile guests are expected to descend on Durban to witness the symbolic installation and taking of a special oath of office by King MisuZulu kaZwelithini.
King Misuzulu kaZwelithini, who is already on the throne, is the ninth monarch after King Shaka was coronated as king of the AmaZulu nation. The kraal “Esibayeni” entering ceremony was held at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in KwaNongoma in August this year. The legal recognition by President Ramaphosa, which is in terms of the law, Section 8(3)(a) and (b) of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act, 2019, marks an important milestone in the history of the AmaZulu nation. The ceremony will begin at 9am at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Transport has been arranged for amabutho, maidens, the public, and traditional councils who wish to be part of the historic event. People’s Park Stadium will accommodate an overflow of attendees as the Moses Mabhida Stadium is expected to be at full capacity. Bayede Hlanga lomhlabathi!