The King of amaZulu, Misuzulu Sinqobile Hlomesakhishlangu kaZwelithini, has officially been introduced to the ancestors and his people during the “Ukungena Esibayeni” ceremony, also known as Ukucocwa KweSilo.
A strong contingent of Amabutho, dancing maidens, and dignitaries from around the country and further afield descended at the KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace on Saturday for the sacred ceremony.
Thousands flocked to the royal grounds to witness the historic event last seen 52 years ago, when the departed King Goodwill Zwelithini was crowned the King of the Zulu nation.
The proceedings started mid-morning, where King Misuzulu arrived amid heavy security and police presence, who kept an eye over the festivities throughout the day.
The King was welcomed by Amabutho, who sang and danced in jubilation, before heading to the kraal for the sacred ceremony, which was held in private.
The ceremony involved prayers, calling upon the ancestors (including the departed Kings) to bless, protect, and give strength and wisdom to the new King.
Government officials, including Cabinet Ministers, and Members of KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature and MECs, were among the thousands of people who braved the scorching heat to witness the historic occasion.
Kings of Zambia and Malawi, as well as royalty from the DRC, Nigeria and Tanzania, were also among the dignitaries who graced the ceremony.
King Misuzulu thanked all those who came in their numbers to show support for the Royal family.
“Today is the biggest day in the history of the Zulu nation. I promise you that, as from today, the Zulu nation remains united. I pledge, as the Zulu King, to lead my father’s nation,” he said.