The Zulu monarch has pledged his last drop of blood to protect women and children from gender-based violence (GBV).
The King spoke to the women yesterday at the Mercy and Peace Foundation for Women and Child abuse, which took place yesterday at the Elangeni Hotel.
However, as the country is currently celebrating 16 days of activism against (GBV) gender-based violence, He said that people of different races fought against apartheid, but in democracy, women and girls are afraid to visit neighbours and relatives.
He begged the men to stop the scourge and start protecting their families. He said there was always an outcry because of the rise of heinous crimes in which men neglect their family responsibilities.
He said that the perpetrators who commit suicide after killing women and children will never see God and their ancestors. He said that Zulus used to have great respect for women.
“Women must be assured that I will protect them to the last drop of my blood. We need everyone from all racial groups to join hands.
I feel bad because the police are working hard, but criminals are being released back into the public eye to continue with such crimes.
The GBV did not start today, it comes from far away. It is the worst form of human abuse. We must put our differences aside to fight GBV.
We must also get away from tolerating each other and accepting each other as brothers and sisters,” the king said.
His Majesty complained that his hands were tied by the laws of the country. He said that his Zulu warriors could put an end to this nonsense if they were given a chance.
The king said that previously a badly disciplined man was severely punished to end bad behavior. He also blamed the killing of peasants in the kingdom.
“The GBV has caused me greater shame in the last years I have been ruling the kingdom. We live with monsters among us. They are monsters because a real man will not commit any heinous acts, but would love and protect women and children,” he said.
GBV victim Ntombi Ndlela said she endured 12 years of domestic violence until her husband was arrested for the m****r of her two children.
She said her husband was an angry person because he was r***d by a relative (woman) when he was young. Ndlela said she had done everything she could to help her husband, but still her marriage broke up.
She said her families did not believe that her son had abused her and her children until one day she found her daughter, 3, and the boy, 7, hanging from the roof in the house.
“I am still trying to heal from the scars. When the police took him away, I asked him why he had killed his own children-he only apologized for the pain he had caused me,” she said.
Sheikh Walid El Saadi of the Muslim World League, which hosted the king, said he was grateful for his presence and support.
The King was received by Queen Thandi of Linduzulu Palace (Thandekile Jane Ndlovu) and Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, the Chairman of the House of Traditional Leaders of the CZN.