A letter to King Goodwill Zwelithini

Dear Comrade King,

You, sir, are a true king. You are not only the king of the Zulus, but you are also king of the land claims.

While everyone else is pussyfooting around, demanding a farm here or a game reserve there, you are putting in a claim for the entire province of Kwazulu-Natal. Now that’s what I call a land claim!

And why not? This is, after all, where the Zulus lived quite happily for years until those British bastards came along and ruined things for everyone.

The Ingonyama Trust, which is coordinating the claim on your behalf, currently owns 2.8 million hectares in the province. This is clearly not enough. What can a man do with 2.8 million hectares? Not a great deal. Not if you want to spread out a bit. Plant stuff. Grow some cows. That kind of thing takes room.

I see you’re also after bits of the Free State, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga. Might as well strike while the iron is hot, eh? Good thinking. The Israelis get away with nicking Palestinian land all the time and there’s no reason to think you can’t do the same here.

After you have won the claim, I expect you will want to knock Durban down and put up something a little more traditional. The city hall, which has hosted the symphony orchestra and other colonial atrocities, must be the first to go. I, for one, would like to see it replaced by the world’s biggest thatched hut.

Will you be implementing an authentic pre-1840 look and feel across the board? I hope so. There’s nothing wrong with having our metro police dressed in leopard skins and armed with assegais and shields. They could use knobkerries to discipline errant motorists and short-handled stabbing spears to encourage whoonga addicts to move along.

Hang on. There wouldn’t be any motorists, would there? Fortunately, the council has been digging up the M4 for months. Another year or so and it’ll be perfect for travelling by horse between Thekweni and Richards Bay. Or, as it will probably be known, Ngilahlekelwe Isikhwama Semali Bay.

Since the rand is virtually worthless, you might as well reintroduce the old currency. I don’t have a problem using shells and salt and beads to buy things.

Are you aware that Swaziland has its eye on some of the land that you’re claiming? Cheeky. King Mswati isn’t even a proper king like you. For a start, you have 37 children to his 24. Then again, he has 15 wives to your six. On the other hand, he drives a Maybach and you only have a Mercedes-Benz.

You can’t let Mswati get away with this. He has always had an inferiority complex because his country is smaller than ours. If he takes some of our land, the people living there won’t want to be ruled by a dictator. Where are they going to go? They can’t stay with me.

The British were responsible for drawing the boundaries. It was they who decided to make Swaziland small enough to take a brisk walk around before lunch at the polo club. Tell Mswati that if he wants land, he should get it from Queen Elizabeth. She can give him Wales. It will be years before the Welsh realise they are Swazis.

If Mswati doesn’t behave, mobilise the impis and invade Swaziland. Take the entire damn country away from him. The people won’t mind, that’s for sure.

Anyway. Good luck. Let’s just hope the Khoisan don’t put in a claim for the whole of South Africa or we’ll all be speaking !Kung by Christmas.


12 thoughts on “A letter to King Goodwill Zwelithini

  1. Thathizwe Gumede says:

    Although I am Zulu (but not one to be trusted as a 5th-generation Johannesburger who votes DA) I have always held the view that the King of the Zulus in Natal (KZN, for short) is a couple of cans short of a six-pack. Great stuff, Bra Ben.

    1. Thanks Thathizwe. I tend to agree.

  2. Reblogged this on BEN TROVATO – Durban Poison and commented:

    A bit of an oldie, but apparently still all relevant as hell.

  3. Love this! please remind his Majesty that fake skin must be used, in order to save the few leopards, cheetahs and lions that we have left.
    Well done!

  4. Linda Way says:

    oh my what a treat to wake up to!

  5. Alastair Stewart says:

    I personally think your letter to the king is straight and to the point, especially about the Koisan, after all they should get the lions share of the land.

  6. Dick King says:

    Your Majesty KG Zwelithini, don’t be intimidated by those comments about Mswati, his wives or his Maybach. He has nothing more than an inferiority complex. You have the real thing. No complexes in Ulundi – not ever. Amandla!

  7. Sharon McKenzie says:

    LOL!!!!! What a great piece of balderdash!!! Thanks for tummy cramps …. now I don’t have to go to gym to work on my abs 🙂

  8. Lyall says:

    Oh gosh…the highlight of my day is to read your blog…thank you for never letting me down

  9. You’re actually such a bitch 🙂

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