R300m tax money for Zulu palace upgrade

R300m tax money for Zulu palace upgrade

2014-05-04 13:00

Johannesburg - Taxpayers will fork out R300m for a cultural village at King Goodwill Zwelithini's palace at Nongoma, the Sunday Times reported.

The cost of the development in northern KwaZulu-Natal, to cater for the annual reed dance and first fruits festivals, could rise to R600m.

It would involve upgrading the existing pavilion and paved walk ways, as well as sleeping areas and ablution facilities for the 30 000 Zulu maidens who attend the reed dance each year.


Culture department spokesperson Mogomotsi Mogodiri said: "It should be noted that the development and infrastructure is not only for the king, but the Zulu nation as a whole."

According to the report, the reed dance was an ancient practice that was largely ignored by previous Zulu kings but was revived by Zwelithini in 1984.

The first fruits festival involves around 40 Zulu warriors killing a bull with their bare hands, The Witness reported previously.

It is believed that the strength of the bull is transferred to the king and his subjects when the warriors salute the king.

  • Patricia Dewet - 2014-05-04 13:16

    If the Zulus what they have him and pay for him.

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-05-04 15:12

      I always say that there is no king without land. His Majesty is the King of Zululand, not Zulu King. The same way Queen Elizabeth is the Queen of Great Britain, not English Queen. Through Ingonyama Trust Board, King Goodwill owns vast land in KwaZuku-Natal. The land is leased to many people. Zuma's Nkandla homestead is built on a part of this land.

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-05-04 18:24

      @Wolf, as I said the land is already used. Millions and millions of people live in the said land. Many businesses lease land from Ingonyama Trust Board. There are many luxury lodges, and other tourist destinations which earn millions every year.

      Patrick Starkey - 2014-05-04 20:08

      I understand the cultural & historical importance of the Reed Dance. It would seem more sensible to fund it through the Lottery. There are more pressing needs for Tax Payer's money.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-05-04 22:58

      @Linds: I hear what you are saying, but you still do not raise any opinion in this regard. Do you approve or condone? If there are businesses in the area that makes millions due to tourists, (Thus benefitting from the proceeds), let them pay for it! There are hungry children on the streets that do not need these upgrades! With all due respect, almost everyone in Brittan calls her their queen. Not even 10% of SA population calls him our king! He has probably more than anyone else in the country, what happens to the previously disadvantaged and the poor?

      Torque Samuel - 2014-05-05 08:20

      borrow me 10 rand to go to work please

      Foc Us - 2014-05-05 09:38

      Zwelitini and his council are a bunch of dirty old men!! Why would you stare and drool at half naked teenage girls?? These girls are degraded and parade like cattle to be chosen... Previous Kings stopped this madness but Zwelitini started it again due to his lust for you girls ... it is dirty and degrading!!

      Foc Us - 2014-05-05 09:44

      Linds there is NO PLACE like Zululand!! There is TRUST land provided for Zulu-people and they do not OWN it anyway.... Your so-called Zululand is just a patch of land IN the province of Kwazulu-Natal.... no more no less so why you need a KING for a piece of land that they don't even OWN is beyond me .... If the Zulu's love their King let them be taxed separately and pay for his luxuries ... as a PERSON he makes ZERO % contribution to this country!

      Chrono Man - 2014-05-05 10:00

      Each tribe in this country has its own king or queen. There must be close to 20 if no more of them. By far the majority of them live in dusty, undeveloped rural environments, unlike the royalty westeners are familiar with. In this particular case one king is singled out for extremely favourable treatment. Why? Because being a Zulu is the flavour of the month.

      Joey Barton - 2014-05-05 11:37

      Linds Ron-House - The Queen of England is head of state. She has a Prime Minister who reports to her.The zulu king is worthless and has no ruling power in this country. You cannot have a monarchy within a democracy.We are a Republic, so how can a king have any power? @Om Nom Nom - You are 100% correct and I was thinking along the same lines as you. I say let the zulus, pay a special levy to fund the king. This reed dance exposes young girls to perverts.Black girls are not what they used to be 100's of years ago.Today, they are living a very different lifestyle and therefore your culture should adapt.

  • Wehr Wulf - 2014-05-04 13:17

    Hopefully this guarantees the ANC voters remain in their squalid conditions because a "big man" must be taken care of. It's the way Africa works.

  • Alic Mosia - 2014-05-04 13:18

    Is this Zumafication or Zulufication of South Africa?

      DerekMain - 2014-05-04 14:02

      Just another zulu parasite. If the zulus want a king, they should pay for him - he means nothing to me.

  • jerome.fakoe - 2014-05-04 13:21

    Cool why not build a new palace for Zweli while you're at it and install a fire pool in case it burns down.

  • Johan Beneke - 2014-05-04 13:22

    Slowly but surely we are being dragged back into being a 3rd world country. It does not mean that if something was a custom in the dark ages it must be revived. If so Europe should revive the custom of burning people at the stake.

      Werner Friesenbichler - 2014-05-04 16:36

      we are always 3rd world dude

      Ted Hughes - 2014-05-05 13:36

      Your comment of the Dark Ages is spot on. What other people in the world rip an animal to death with their bare hands. The First Fruits Festival is a blight on humanity and reduces the people who take part to savages.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-05-04 13:23

    Money is no problem in certain quarters.

  • adrian.wendler - 2014-05-04 13:27

    No sweat. I live to pay taxes for this sort of thing.

  • Sekgobela Thaithai - 2014-05-04 13:28

    This is not right at all, i pray that EFF takes this gov tired of useless people spending our tax. Im nt a zulu so why must i pay for this ?

      wikus.erasmus.545 - 2014-05-04 14:30

      As soon as Malema has a finger in the pie he will sell his votes to Zooooma... Watch this space china...

  • Verbotene Liebe - 2014-05-04 13:30

    OMG ! The people without service delivery must wait a little bit longer l suppose.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-05-04 23:04

      Praat hart uit????

  • Spijo Skhokho - 2014-05-04 13:30

    Zulu people should donate money from their own pocket

  • lacrimosewolf - 2014-05-04 13:31

    All citizens should be asking how R300-R600 million on another stadium will lead to a better life for all. Seems to me the Zulus have managed fine for centuries without any of this, so why is it more important than the poverty, homelessness, joblessness, lack of sanitation, education, infestation of dread diseases that plague many Zulus (or any other tribe) today?

  • Thongy Munungufhala - 2014-05-04 13:32

    South Africa is a BANANA republic indeed. Using tax payers money for this rubbish while the poor starve and kids do not have books in schools.

  • Christopher Grant Rogers - 2014-05-04 13:33

    Well first zuma and now this clown. If you didn't believe it before, believe it now. This country is completely F*ed up.

      sxp - 2014-05-04 18:54

      No, the people voting for these thieves are f*&*ed up.

  • Sakhiwo - 2014-05-04 13:34

    That's the ANC i know

  • Thendo Kovalski - 2014-05-04 13:36

    This aint zulu nation tax money....really now.. disgusting

  • Francois Marx - 2014-05-04 13:40

    Ag tog! More money down the drain for more rubbish. Killing? Bare hands? Transfer??? Power?? Savages!

  • John Bass - 2014-05-04 13:41

    Will the looting never stop or is that part of their culture too.

  • Pumeza Mahobe - 2014-05-04 13:45

    A Clinic, helipad & police barracks, ampitheather built in Zuma's privte res spiralling costs of pres upgrade; a Zumaville to value of R2b; Zulu king's upgrades R300m! So all law & tax compliant citizens live for this? Good people mass action is needed to stop this extravaganza.

  • Samuel Cuthbert - 2014-05-04 13:49

    wow another 300-600 million that could have been used to help people who have nothing and actually need it..

  • Dan Danukdhari - 2014-05-04 13:52

    Cattle will vote for the ANC,and live in Shacks,whilst Palaces of redundant so called Royalties will get bigger palaces

  • Harley Quin - 2014-05-04 13:52

    it will benefit the zulu nation??? what about the SOUTH AFRICAN nation????

  • Andrew Moore - 2014-05-04 13:55

    KwaZulu Natal will be renamed to Zumathiniville

  • Nkosinathi Malinga - 2014-05-04 13:56

    Not too long ago R15million was spent in upgrading his Palace. Now this..!

  • gareth.gordon3 - 2014-05-04 13:58

    Pls, can the civil war begin

  • Hester Rectomy - 2014-05-04 14:02

    If it's for the Zulu nation - let the Zulu nation pay for it.

  • Pumeza Mahobe - 2014-05-04 14:07

    By the way Ulundi, Nongoma & Nkandla are close to each other! I've worked in that part of town! It would have made sense if the Zumaville money is invested in Ulundi than Nkandla. People there lived mostly on agric, pottery & craft. HIV is huge & this place is far from City. There's are places like eMakhosini & Dingaan's kraal which exists to preserve history of Zulu. Reed Dance can be done in these historic sites, no need 4 million of upgrade at Palace as its not only property King owns!

      Chris May - 2014-05-04 16:33

      You're right, and is the tax money so endless that it can prioritise this over the basic needs/dignity of so so many others? Many of us here don't think so, but how do we safeguard the tax coffers?

  • Hester Rectomy - 2014-05-04 14:11

    Royalty the world over are leeches on the tax payer. The only reason they are royalty is because their ancestors were the biggest thugs and murderers. Not because of some bloodline or divine intervention.

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-05-04 14:51

      We're a Democracy with 10 State-funded kings and 9 provinces. But not all kings are treated equally :)

  • Letlotlo Malope - 2014-05-04 14:15

    Zuma is making stupid racists so much to talk about. Blacks this, Africa that. Although I am disgusted it is even more repulsive when supposedly intelligent people talk such crap. Like looking at Hitler and the Catholic church and deciding whites are all butchering paedophiles. Zuma and the people around him are a disgrace. He will bring anarchy.

  • Mkhari Steven - 2014-05-04 14:16

    is he the king of south africa or some zulu people,now u r irritating us,ntlaaaa

  • UnlimitedLFB - 2014-05-04 14:24

    We had two Presidents from the Eastern Cape and they did fu..k all to leave a footprint in this province. Zuma will always be remembered in KZN as the president that gave back to his roots and left KZN a better place than it was

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-05-05 14:36

      Shoo, please let me know where the portal to the universe you are currently living in is located? All Zoomer has done is build for HIMSELF. If he opened the doors to Nkandla and allowed the community to use it as they see fit, then I might agree with you...

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2014-05-04 14:28

    That much money for something that happens ONCE A YEAR?? What about fixing schools, hospitals and important things like that that we can't live without?!?! This is not a necessity!! Idiots for wasting..

  • marc.stowe.3 - 2014-05-04 14:28

    So that plus the final costs of nkandla should be close on 900 million. I'm glad we as a country have so much spare cash with nowhere to spend it

      Chris May - 2014-05-04 16:38

      It's wonderful news - they have so much we don't need to give them any more!

  • Tibishi Makofane - 2014-05-04 14:30

    It was zuma homestead now nongoma mall to follow in nkandla wat abt other provinces

  • Dirk Engelbrecht - 2014-05-04 14:31

    Greenpeace and the SPCA will have a field day if they kill a bull in a inhumane way...

      joannekc1 - 2014-05-04 15:18

      The world knows about it. There has been an international petition going with thousands of signatures...

  • Prince Ramalia - 2014-05-04 14:38

    Spending R300 million on king zwelithini and R250 million for Zuma, looks like Zulus are bankrupting SA and thanks to ANC

  • Thendo Kovalski - 2014-05-04 14:39

    This aint zulu nation tax money....really now.. disgusting

  • wikus.erasmus.545 - 2014-05-04 14:42

    The Xhosas are probably rueing the day they made a Zulu chief of the ANC....

      wikus.erasmus.545 - 2014-05-04 15:37

      Clearly not so... It seems only Zulu's in tribal lands will benefit from the traditional Xhosa power base... The Zulu's finally got one over on them...

      Ike Jakson - 2014-05-04 15:46

      Kgoete, so what you are saying is that Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho [anymore you want to add, by any chance?] have always been, or used to be, the best of friends living in harmony until the evil Apartheid Government arrived in 1948 and destroyed the prevailing unity of one United nation? You know, history always depends on who writes it; however, what I have read presents a picture a little different from what your sources state to be the case. Give us some references of your view of history. I want to improve my level of experience and understanding of our united past.

  • Lassi MShini - 2014-05-04 14:42

    I am sure non-zulu ANC members wil be very excited by ds great news. Malema ws rite zuma is a tribalist bt pity some ppl r blindfolded by love n loyalty to showerhead...

  • david.maree.92 - 2014-05-04 14:53

    It will last till one day then they will run and hide like Gadafi!

  • Zolisa Dlokovu - 2014-05-04 14:54

    Africa is dying. Nobody gives a damn.

  • Tebogo Len Chuene - 2014-05-04 15:04

    My opinion is that Zulus should be the ones paying for their King not the general south African taxpayers.

  • Sandy Cohen - 2014-05-04 15:08

    Well said Wikus

  • Sandy Cohen - 2014-05-04 15:10

    Imagine presidents in the REAL WORLD having 6 wives!! Is that democratic????????

  • Zahir - 2014-05-04 15:10

    Time for a tax boycott. Why must we pay our money for this useless zulu chief

  • Sandy Cohen - 2014-05-04 15:12

    Oh yeah David they will indeed

  • Andrew Stockton - 2014-05-04 15:14

    This is just simply ridiculous !!! Why do Zulu's need a King if JZ is President ? More money laundering and excessive spending is going to cripple this country I Love - RSA.

  • Niekie van Heerden - 2014-05-04 15:18

    I'm not a Zulu! Why must I pay for this washed out, good for nothing nonsense tradition! Sies Ga!

  • Nathalie Swart - 2014-05-04 15:18

    Ridiculous! !!!.....let the taxpayers pay for all cultural festivals spend millions on the Hindi light festival im sure the Indians could think of something thst needs to be built or why not introduce our own Mecca?? Yes makes so much sense when millions of people are below the bread line. Afterall what is a roof over your head compared to a reed dance that braces only one culture when we live in a country of diversity!!!!

      Okuthiqinise Zulu - 2014-05-04 15:44

      dont be so dull where is your brain do u think this is india for indian religion support by africans

  • pmalungana - 2014-05-04 15:25

    Otto Von Bismark

  • pmalungana - 2014-05-04 15:25