President Cyril Ramaphosa has again tried to explain a picture doing the rounds‚ showing him kneeling in front of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Addressing journalists after his international trip to Nigeria‚ Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates this week‚ Ramaphosa said the picture was taken out of context.
“I find it quite laughable …it is laughable that people see how I was showing the king my book‚ I wrote a book on cattle‚ and I was showing the king my book. He was seated‚ it was just a posture and people are suggesting that I was kneeling before the king‚” said Ramaphosa.
It reinforces the stereotype that Zulu’s are better than the rest of other tribes.
Come on! He’s a King & you’re President. Sit as equals, kneel as equals.
President Ramaphosa visits King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, he has never kneeled before him. pic.twitter.com/qXoxeBm81F
— Patrick Khoza (@Patrick_Khoza) July 10, 2018
He said it was a complete untruth to suggest that he was kneeling before Zwelithini.
“If anything‚ they should say ‘look at the president‚ he is showing the king his book on cattle’. That’s what they should be applauding‚ rather than casting negative aspersions‚” said Ramaphosa.
The picture started doing the rounds on social media after Ramaphosa visited Zwelithini to speak to him about his concerns about Ingonyama Trust.
This followed an Imbizo of the Zulu nation where calls for the cessation of KwaZulu-Natal from South Africa were made following a recommendation by a panel headed by former president Kgalema Motlanthe that the Ingonyama Trust be dissolved.