The Zulus pride themselves on the victories that they achieved through military warfare. Today the Kingdom of KwaZulu dominates the life of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal of the Republic of South Africa. Indeed apart from the Europeans, the Indians, the Coloureds and the Chinese there are other African people of KwaZulu-Natal who are not Zulu specifically and not Zulu originally. The Zulus, from the time of my father Senzanzakona, have waged war against the other people of what is now called KwaZulu-Natal and through victory, through conquest and through sheer might have acquired these conquered people into the Zulu kingdom. When Cetshwayo became king, after Mpande, Dingane, myself, Sigujana and our father before us; this modern line of the Zulu kingdom came to be. This house of Mpande; through the son of Cetshwayo, Dinizulu; then his son Solomon, then Dinizulu’s son Bhekuzulu and now Bhekuzulu’s son Zwelithini, whom the world calls King Goodwill, even though he is the paramount king of the Empire of KwaZulu, and is therefore an emperor; has acquired much in the way of the people of KwaZulu-Natal, some of whom are not Zulu, and yet through conquest are part of the Kingdom of KwaZulu.
However it must be remembered that the British defeated the Zulus in war in 1879 and annexed Zululand into the Colony of Natal. By 1902 the British had conquered all of what was named “South Africa” in 1910, controlling it through the colonies of the Cape, the Orange River, the Transvaal and Natal, before proclaiming the Union of South Africa as a dominion of the British Empire. So it would seem that the Zulus, and other native South Africans, were defeated by the British in war. Therefore the Zulus must accept that they became subjects of the British Empire, actually in 1879, but factually as late as, 1902 and certainly in 1910. Now between 1910 and 1924, the British ruled South Africa, but from 1924 to 1939 the Afrikaners took control and had their revenge for the Anglo-Boer war. Dutch was replaced by Afrikaans, the Union Jack was replaced by the Oranje, Blanje, Blou and white women were allowed to vote. However the British regained control in 1939 and held it until 1948, roughly corresponding to the duration of the second world war.
This is important because the Zulus were defeated by the British and despite the Anglo-Boer war the British and Dutch (mainly Afrikaners, Trekkers and Boers) maintained a policy of holding the blacks in a state of being unenfranchised subjects of the British Empire. By 1948, when apartheid came to life, there had been limited representation of the Africans, the Coloureds, Indians and Chinese; and so what had started in 1902 with the creation of reservations for the natives, became homelands for the Africans. Apartheid not only promoted the supremacy of the whites and the empowerment of the Afrikaners, but it also stripped the Africans of South African citizenship, giving them citizenship and voting rights in their homelands instead. The Coloureds and Indians were granted statutory councils with voting rights and the “Other Whites” had to accept indirect representation by the whites in the mainstream.
Come the referendum of 1960 and the decision to ditch dominion and embrace republic, the Afrikaners; having pre-empted the celebration of 1961’s independence with Die Stem van Suid Afrika replacing God Save the King/Queen in 1957; were firmly in command of the Apartheid project. It was a series of short hops in the 1960’s and 1970’s to fetishizing the homelands with trinkets like “territorial authority”, “legislative authority”, “self-governance” and “independence” all firmly entrenched with large and lavish grants-in-aid, cross-subsidies and allowances. The Potemkin villages that were the homelands were funded and influenced by South Africa, at an arms-length for show. The Coloureds and Indians were not quite so lucky, they had to make do with limited resources and the reality of having to pay their own way without traditional leaders ensconced in apartheid-era gravy.
Why then did the homelands governments not invest in education and healthcare for their people? Why then did the homelands not invest in infrastructure and economic development for their people? Why then did the homelands not invest in social development and agriculture for their people? After all, all of the homelands were administered by the traditional leaders of the nine African tribes of South Africa; that is the Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Pedi, Venda, Tsonga, Ndebele and Swazi people. This is what I was going on about earlier. There are more than 37 indigenous African tribes of South Africa, but through war and conquest these have been agglomerated into just nine. So in that Zulu population, that had the KwaZulu homeland during apartheid, there are African people who are not Zulu, but whose people have been conquered and colonized by the Zulu, so that today they are part of the Zulu people. Today the areas of the former homelands still lag behind the rest of South Africa in terms of development, and as in the time of apartheid the reason is corruption.
This corruption was and is sanctioned by the traditional leaders of the African population of South Africa and is continued through the implausible consultative constructs of the Houses of Traditional Leaders and the Departments of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs which continue to provide significant resources to the traditional leadership, outside of their own rights to impose taxes on their own people through their own traditional social structures. These instruments of government exist for one reason: the negotiated revolution which took place from 1981 to 1996, over the course of 15 years which saw the reunification of South Africa, Transkei, Boputhatswana, Venda, Ciskei, Lebowa, Gazankulu, QwaQwa, KwaZulu, KwaNdebele and KwaNgwane. That’s how we got from English and Afrikaans to English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Pedi, Tsonga, Sotho, Zulu, Ndebele and Swazi as official languages. That’s why the Coloured people and Indian people, who were citizens of South Africa, unlike the Africans, didn’t get official languages – because they were considered to be represented by either English or Afrikaans.
So in this 15 year episode of B J Vorster, Marais Viljoen, P W Botha, J C Heunis, FW de Klerk, Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa which went from whites being represented normally, with the Coloureds and the Indians represented in some way, while the Africans were not South African in any way; to a situation where the Coloureds and Indians had direct representation, while the Africans were still not South African; and then finally to a situation where all of the White, Coloured and Indian citizens of South Africa, and the Xhosas from Transkei, the Tswanas from Boputhatswana, the Vendans from Venda, the Xhosas from Ciskei, the Pedis from Lebowa, the Tsongas from Gazankulu, the Sothos from QwaQwa, the Zulus from KwaZulu, the Ndebele from KwaNdebele and the Swazis from KwaNgwane were altogether considered equal South African citizens each with an equal entitlement to vote. Note that the British, and more specifically the successors in title to the British of 1902, did not give the Zulus their independence, autonomy, authority, sovereignty or statehood, in fact just the opposite the British of 1902, represented by the Afrikaners of 1981 – 1996, as the representatives of South Africa, again took away their territory, their identity, their citizenry and their sovereignty. Once again Zululand or KwaZulu was not a state – certainly not a kingdom.
This however is meaningless with considering the influence that the traditional leaders brought to bear on the negotiated revolution, bargaining for themselves a place as traditional leaders in the consultative nature of the African National Congress’ collective decision-making approach – that is, when the government of South Africa is going to do something (that is a euphemism for spending taxpayer’s money) that concerns the traditional leaders, the traditional leaders would be consulted. I think bribed is a better word, because ultimately the traditional leaders do not consent with benefitting in a material sense. After all their own people disrespect them by not paying the equivalent of “tithes” each month from their “hard-earned” money up the chain of traditional leadership so that the chiefs of the clans and the kings of the tribes and the paramount kings of the nations are able to earn a living from traditional governance the honest way.
So what we have is precedence that says: the Zulus conquered many clans and tribes to create the Zulu nation, through war and conquest. They claimed the spoils of that war and conquest by acquiring the territories, the identities, the citizenries and the sovereignties of those that they conquered. Then the Zulus were conquered by the British, who were succeeded by the Afrikaners, and Zululand and its people and institutions were acquired by South Africa. This was followed by the attempt to give KwaZulu back its independence, which didn’t work very well because the Kingdom of KwaZulu which was intended to be a sovereign nation-state did not provide for the public good of its people and it was dependent on South Africa for its financial resources. Finally South Africa was reunited with the South African homelands and South Africa, inter alia, reacquired KwaZulu or Zululand. So factually the British and Afrikaners defeated the Zulus again in the process of the negotiated revolution of South Africa’s transition to unitary democracy.
Now for a brief sketch of history in furtherance of Durban’s claim to independence, what with all the 200 year celebrations that are forthcoming, let us agree that the Zulu kings from the time that the Europeans arrived at Port Natal, to the time of the defeat of the Zulu Empire by the British Empire in 1879, to the time of the acquisition of the Zulu Empire in toto by the British Empire and South Africa in 1902, 1910 and 1961, to the times of the “independence” of the Kingdom of KwaZulu in 1970 and finally to the time of the reacquisition of the Kingdom of KwaZulu in toto by South Africa between 1981 and 1996; gave Durban to the Europeans, and surrendered all claims to Durban altogether, in perpetuity. This is fact borne upon King Shaka’s honour, that must be respected by King Shaka’s successors.
Further to which a 1910 map of Natal indicates that Volksrust, Newcastle, Utrecht, Vryheid, Dundee, Harrismith, Ladysmith, Winterton, Weenan, Estcourt, Mooi River, Greytown, Pietermaritzburg, Richmond, Ixopo, Port Shepstone, Scottburgh, Durban, Stanger, Empangeni and Mtubatuba were thriving European settlements as at the time of the advent of the Union of South Africa. Factually these economic centres, and factually there were many more European settlements in Natal at the time and as at a time prior to this, were not in “Zululand” and were not subject to “KwaZulu”. Today, regardless of the billions of taxpayer Rands spend by the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party, these, together with the other European Natal settlements of the time, are still the major economic centres of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal of the Republic of South Africa. Factually Richards Bay was added by South Africa a mere 25km from Empangeni after the advent of the Union of South Africa, so even that is not a claim to Zulu prowess.
So today the economy of KwaZulu-Natal hinges on the legacy of the work done by the Europeans, and the legacy of the work done at the behest of the Europeans, and yet the Zululand or KwaZulu component of Natal, because as we have proved Natal owns KwaZulu and Zululand, receives billions of taxpayer Rands each year on the promise of improving the quality of life of every citizen of KwaZulu-Natal, because as we have proved the Zulus, the Whites, the Coloureds, the Indians and the Chinese are all individually equal citizens of the Republic of South Africa, and the Zululand and KwaZulu population component, that is the Zulu people, have spread out across the whole of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal so that they are as a population group able to occupy the apparatus of the machinery of state of the Republic of South Africa in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, taking the vast majority of resources again on the promise of improving the quality of life of the people of KwaZulu-Natal. Now let’s look at the reality of 25 years of Zulu rule in KwaZulu-Natal: 12 million people most of whom live in poverty, deprived of opportunity, deprived of a proper education, deprived of proper healthcare, the lucky few living off a paltry social grant and yet the political class that launders tenders lives well, while the traditional leaders have multiple streams of taxpayer-funded income.
The Zulu Empire is a crime syndicate that is looting the public sector in KwaZulu-Natal. Instead of investing in the future it is gratuitously consuming for the here and now. Exactly what the Kingdom of KwaZulu did whilst in its independent phase between 1970 and 1996. The logic of the same criminals seems to have filtered through from apartheid into liberation. But you see, the Zulus will say that the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party liberated South Africa. But this is nonsense, South Africa wasn’t liberated, it was reunited. Even if the Zulus fought against apartheid through the African National Congress, and fought against apartheid through Inkatha Ya KwaZulu, apartheid as a system was only adjusted in terms of the allowance that entitled each newly created South African citizen to vote alongside each existing South African citizen, the bulk of what constituted apartheid remains in place. Development of the European settlements for economic activity. In fact the ANC is so proud of keeping apartheid alive, it boasts about it when asked to account for the funds allocated to the government by the treasury, if you don’t believe me read any annual report of any government or public sector entity of South Africa from 1994, the proof is there for all to see.
South Africa is beholden to the Europeans, even through the Chinese approach which has seen the ANC go mad for “Made in China” because that saves you the trouble of having to work, South Africa is still beholden to the Europeans. If the Europeans disinvest from South Africa – South Africa will collapse. So enter the latest scam for looting the turnover and expenditure racket – BBBEE – Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment – You spend all of the money that a business earns on salaries and outsourcing, chowing all the profits in the process of having nice “new South African” Instagram accounts, and when the spending party collapses, you move on to the next corporation to ravage. Fiscal responsibility and cautious restrained expenditure are not concepts familiar to the drivers of Black Empowerment. But then when you’re trapped in the lower rungs of Maslow’s hierarchy and all the things you use to “be yourself” actually belong to other people – and factually you’re a nothing people who don’t contribute anything – you probably don’t care as long as a good time was had by those who came to chow the money.
Finally this is the part that is most concerning, the Kingdom of KwaZulu thinks it still exists – which it doesn’t – because “Zululand” is a district in KwaZulu-Natal – not the whole of KwaZulu-Natal; and KwaZulu thinks it is entitled to the resources of KwaZulu-Natal – which it isn’t – because KwaZulu and Zululand are not part of Natal, which has the bulk of the resources of KwaZulu-Natal. Factually this is the Province of Natal of the Republic of South Africa and Zululand and KwaZulu is just a small component of it. But here’s the interesting thing – given that the ANC went Chinese, and that means Toads, Cockroaches, Houseflies and Lice – there aren’t 12 million Zulus anymore. I can shut down the Zulu Empire by just killing a few Toads who’ve agglomerated a few Ponzi Scams each. And I know I have the means to do this because I do Juju all day every day and I pay for people to exist, survive, live, work, learn and believe all day every day – and in fact I am the actual Emperor of the Zulu Empire – I am the actual Paramount King of the Kingdom of KwaZulu – King Goodwill Zwelethini is just one of my many puppets.
So it is imperative for the Zulus to give up this culture of entitlement – you aren’t entitled to compensation for having been defeated in war – to give up this aversion to honest hard work – work is salvation – to give up this behaviour of looting the public sector – the public good is not meant to be chowed on a gravy train – to give up this notion of collapsing the private sector – collapsing corporations just leads to toads being bankrupt and unable to exist – and to accept that the Zulus are first and foremostly South Africans – but that they are not the first and foremost South Africans – because the Europeans still own South Africa – and transformation in the absence of work is worthless and futile. The Zulu Empire Must Accept Reality.