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Zulu king praises minority rule, white-led regime

South Africa’s powerful Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has praised the former apartheid regime, the local media reports.

Speaking at his palace at the weekend to celebrate 44 years on the throne, the monarch said the white-led regime had built a powerful government with the strongest economy and army in Africa, but then came “this so-called democracy” in which black people started destroying the gains of the past, the newspaper quotes him as saying.

King Zwelithini said black people “loved to use matches” to burn down infrastructure built during apartheid, and history would judge them harshly for failing to build on the successes of the former regime.

African National Congress Presdient Jacob Zuma (L) joins Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu (R) together with thousands of people to honour the birth of Zulu warrior and founder of the Zulu nation King Shaka at Kwadukuzu, some 90 kilometres north of Durban on September 24, 2008
President Jacob Zuma (L) holds the monarch (R) in high regard
King Zwelithini was linked to the former homeland system, and was a staunch opponent of the African National Congress (ANC), the former liberation movement now in power.

President Jacob Zuma, a Zulu, played a key role in persuading him to accept democratic rule, and to drop his demand for a Zulu kingdom.

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