We welcome the statement by Zulu monarch His Majesty King Misizulu kaZwelithini condemning the looting, public violence and loss of property and lives.
He does his father’s legacy proud by taking such a bold and courageous stand in the face of the raging flames in Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng. It is the kind of leadership that is needed in this time of crisis.
We call on other monarchs, traditional leaders, community leaders and activists across our country to follow his example and join hands to restore peace and ensure the safety and security of the lives and property of all South Africans.
We salute all South Africans for keeping calm under very difficult circumstances and for sending a clear message to the agente provocateurs and looters that we shall defend and protect our democracy. We will not allow our hard earned democracy to descend any further into chaos, lawlessness and destruction.
We call on President Ramaphosa and our government to consider measures to support small businesses to rebuild their enterprises and assist those who have suffered devastating losses.
We commend communities who stepped up to protect their lives, business infrastructure and properties and urge them to avoid taking the law into their own hands but rather work with the community policing structures, intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
We commend Minister of Police and his leadership structure and the entire security cluster for their efforts amidst very difficult circumstances and for continuing relentlessly to restore law and order.
The Royal House of Mandela is dedicated to upholding the life and legacy of President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and hence strive for the realisation of his vision of a nation at peace with itself and committed to working together to build a better life for all.
Nkosi Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela, chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council and grandson of famed South African President Nelson Mandela. Member of Parliament (MP) South Africa National Assembly. All articles by Nkosi Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela