Tribute To The Geat King Zwelithini

Tribute To The GeatKing Zwelithini
By Mocholoko Dr. Zulumathabo Zulumathabo © 2021

Listen To SAFM Radio Podcast Below

The Preamble

I was scheduled to be in conversation with SAFM DJ, Stephen Grootes at 8:20am this morning. I circulated this information to my followers via Whatsapp. SAFM then contacted me later to inform me that there had been a reprogramming of the show to pay tribute to the great Zulu King Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu. I was then given an opportunity to pay my tribute to the great King Zwelithini. The podcast you will be listening to below is from the interview Idid this morning.

In this rejigged interview I was interviewed by another great DJ, Cathy Mohlahlana of SAFM shown below:

Cathy Mohlahlane of SAFM Radio

The Tribute

We are deeply saddened this morning with the melancholy news of the passing of the great Zulu King Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu at hospital where he had been hospitalised for a month due to glucose readings. King Zwelithini is survived by his six wives and twenty eight children. May his indefatigable spirit rest in peace knowing that we shall pick up his fallen spear to continue the great struggle to shake off the vestigial chains of the ECC (Euro-Christian Colonisation) and to continue the decolonisation project of education that he stood up for.

King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Dinizulu. Picture Credit: SowetanLive.

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu was born on July 17,1948 at Nongoma in Northern part of what was then Zululand and the present day KwaZulu-Natal. He espoused the African origin of philosophy in matters of education; indigenous knowledge systems; cultural traditions; African design methods of architecture and more. He hosted the convivial Reed Dance ceremony each year and Umkhosi Wokweshwama, among others, each year. In this way, he strengthened the faith in indigenous African traditions.

He advocated for the decolonisation of education citing an example of history that asserts that the history of Azanian (South Africa) began with the advent of Jan Van Riebeeck in 1952. He had said that the historical timeline needs to be taught from the African vantage point of genesis and not from the Eurocentric beginnings.

The Prayer of the Ancestors

I am hereby paying tribute to the great Isilo sa Mabandla through The Prayer of the Ancestors as shown below:

Those who have departed from the terrestrial space, shall rise up to see you! They shall breathe the fresh air of the cosmic space and look upon your glorious appearing when the Disk (Ledika/Indilinga/The Sun) rises from the horizon! Their hearts are at peace when they behold you and their wrongs of physicality are hereby expunged. The great Gods of Eternity and Infinity, you are forever cherished by us. Badimo ke bao! Thokoza Makhosi!”

SAFM Radio Podcast

3 thoughts on “Tribute To The Geat King Zwelithini

  1. We honour greatly and respect immensely our sacrosanct Ancestors to have given us Dr. Zulumathabo Zulu! A gallant warrior who faces matters having to do with Indigenous Knowledge Systems head-on!

    It is a befitting Tribute to The Great late King Zwelithini!
    Our sacrosanct Ancestors are elated with such a send-off to our Great King!

    Robala ka kgotso le kgutso Senatla sa ha Zulu!
    Ha re a lahleha,
    Hobane o mosese,
    Rona re dikatana
    Re ile ra amohela dipeo tswang ho wena!

    Ka tsona,
    Re tla jala lehlaka,
    Re jale furu,
    Makgulo a dule a nonne!

    Ditjepa di fule,
    Bontatemoholo ba fute bolokwe kgafetsa,
    Diphororo le dinoka di phalle,
    Matamo a phophome metsi!

    O seruile feela Qhoku ya ha Zulu
    Menyabuketso ya hao e ntse e na le meputu ya hao
    Re tla nyathoha le ho letipatipa re lelekisa monko wa hao,
    Hobane rona le wena, re mathe le leleme; re di ya thoteng mmoho!


    Tshediso S. Mosia.


    1. Motubatsi e motle! Re nona maboko le masene ka botle le bokgeleke ba mantswe le mengolo ya hao! O lesedi le letle haholo ka tsela yeo o tekang ditaba le hohlophisa dipolelo ka teng. Ke yona Nahanosene e ke hlolang ke ngola ka yona. Mantswe a hao a tsosa motho bafung. Haobe jwalo ka hosafeleng. We give thanks to the erudute ancestors who inspire you in this way. Tsamaroko! Ezamathongo! Badimo ke bao! Thokoza Makhosi! Mocholoko, Zulumathabo Zulu


  2. Ke a leboha, Mocholoko!
    Le nna ke ntlafatswa le ho matlafatswa ke wena, Ntate wa rona!
    Ho wena, ke ithuta boholo bo makatsang!

    O re rutile teboho!
    Kahoo, ke a leboha!
    Ke re: “Mafiso a hao, a dule a kgothetse methaladi!”

    Bonkgono le bontatemoholo ha ba o etetse,
    Ba kgutlele morao,
    Ba nwele le ho phoka sa mpanaphahooha!



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