KWANONGOMA - AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu is taking a tough stance against gender-based violence.
Zwelithini has issued a royal order to his nation to, protect women and children.
The king says the country needs to wage relentless war.
“The first war we have to fight is against HIV and AIDS which is destroying our children, we must also fight against women abuse and fathers who kill their children,” said Zwelithini who was speaking at the annual uMkhosi WoMhlanga ceremony at his Enyokeni Royal Palace in KwaNongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
“Another war is against alcohol and drugs that is continuously given to our children.”
Gender-based violence took centre stage at this year’s uMkhosi WoMhlanga.
The ceremony was attended by thousands of maidens.
IFP President Emeritus Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi lambasted abusive men.
“I’m ashamed and I apologise on behalf of men,” Buthelezi said. “God created us in his image but we’ve turned into monsters.
“We can not meet without speaking against this evil, for it is taking the lives of those we have been tasked to protect.”
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the rise of femicide shows that some men have lost all sense of ubuntu.
“What we saw in Cape Town and what we saw in Pinetown near Durban where a father killed his four children all prove that there are people who’ve lost Ubuntu,” Zikalala said.
The king says if women and children are not protected – the country is failing the most vulnerable members of society.