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King Misulu calls off reed dance. Image: @KZNGov

King Misuzulu calls off annual Reed Dance

Thousands of maidens head home as King Misuzulu calls off the annual reed dance to allow the nation to mourn

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King Misulu calls off reed dance. Image: @KZNGov

King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has opted to cancel the second day of the annual reed dance, as AmaZulu royal family and nation mourns the passing of their Prime Minister Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Umkhosi woHlanga, is one the biggest events in the Zulu nations calendar. However this year was less joyous as it was completely overshadowed by the news passing of Buthelezi.

Commonly known as umntwana waPhindangene, Buthelezi passed away in his sleep at home on Saturday morning, just a week after being discharged from hospital.

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With a empty chair besides him, in recognition of Buthelezi, King Misuzulu kept proceedings on the only day of the festival brief at eNyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma on Saturday.

In his address, Misuzulu told the thousands of maidens to return home and grieve.

“Today will be the last day of the Reed Dance Festival, until we meet again next year, if the Lord so wishes” he said.

“What befell us today as a Zulu nation is unusual so I’m mourning with you and the whole nation.”

King Misuzulu

The King praised his late Prime Minister and great-uncle for his dedication and service to the country and the royal family.

“The Prince has done a lot for South Africa, not to mention what he has done for the royal family. He also stood for the truth until the end”, says Misuzulu.


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King Misuzulu receiving a reed from his daughter Princess Nontethelelo Zulu

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The King encouraged the maidens that had made it on the festivities of the first day, to give of their best at it would be the only chance to do so until next year.

With the maidens singing iHawu Lami (my shield) the king received the first reed from his daughter Princess Nontethelelo Zulu.