• All Share : 49722.88
    UP 2.18%
    Top 40 : 3828.52
    UP 1.29%
    Financial 15 : 15178.82
    UP 2.91%
    Industrial 25 : 60698.41
    UP 2.83%

  • ZAR/USD : 11.0395
    UP 0.81%
    ZAR/GBP : 17.6597
    UP 0.78%
    ZAR/EUR : 13.8264
    UP 0.01%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.0983
    DOWN -1.23%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.7124
    UP 1.27%

  • Gold : 1172.8500
    DOWN -2.27%
    Platinum : 1231.0000
    DOWN -0.89%
    Silver : 16.1700
    DOWN -2.09%
    Palladium : 792.5000
    UP 2.26%
    Brent Crude Oil : 85.960
    UP 0.12%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by I-Net Bridge
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Sat Nov 01 00:56:06 SAST 2014

Gays are rotten, says Zulu king

Canaan Mdletshe | 23 January, 2012 00:17
Zulu Monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini observes one of the Zulu nation’s sacred rituals, Umkhosi WoSelwa.
Image by: Reinhardt Hartzenberg

Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini yesterday criticised people who engaged in same-sex relationships, labelling them "rotten".

"Traditionally, there were no people who engaged in same sex-relationships. There was nothing like that and if you do it, you must know that you are rotten. I don't care how you feel about it. If you do it, you must know that it is wrong and you are rotten. Same sex is not acceptable," he said.

He was speaking at Nquthu, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, during the 133rd commemoration of the Battle of Isandlwana, which the Zulu regiments won.

President Jacob Zuma, who shared the stage with Zwelithini, did not directly respond to the king's remarks.

Instead, he said: "Today, we are faced with different challenges . challenges of reconciliation and of building a nation that does not discriminate against other people because of their colour or sexual orientation."

In 2006, Zuma himself came under fierce criticism for the homophobic statements he made at Heritage Day celebrations.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.