In photos: Festivities as Zulu King Misuzulu ka Zwelithini is topped

Conventional clad ladies sing and dance in the course of the celebration of the coronation of their new King Misuzulu kaZwelithini

Hundreds of individuals got here out to rejoice the coronation of Misuzulu ka Zwelithini as Zulu king in South Africa on Saturday.

The 48 yr outdated pledged to unite the Zulu nation after his accession was contested. However the controversy didn’t dampen the spirits of those that went to the KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in KwaZulu-Natal province.

Amabutho (Zulu regiments) members sing and chant in celebration of the coronation of their new King Misuzulu kaZwelithini (not pictured) on August 20, 2022

Amabutho (Zulu regiments) members sing and chant in celebration of the coronation of their new King Misuzulu kaZwelithini (not pictured) on August 20, 2022

Man singing and dancing

Man singing and dancing

Members of the standard Zulu regiments sang and chanted in celebration.

“It is an incredible day, we’re making historical past,” Bongani Khumalo, who was one of many warriors charged with defending the king, instructed the AFP news company.

Woman dancing

Girl dancing

People dancing in traditional clothes

Folks dancing in conventional garments

The Zulu warriors and maidens additionally danced as a part of the festivities.

Zulu women gather during the MisuZulu kaZwelithini's traditional crowning ceremony of the new but disputed Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini

Zulu ladies collect in the course of the MisuZulu kaZwelithini’s conventional crowning ceremony of the brand new however disputed Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini

Woman celebrating

Girl celebrating

The throne has no formal political energy, however a fifth of South Africa’s inhabitants is Zulu and its monarchy stays vastly influential.

The point of interest for the occasion was contained in the sacred cattle kraal the place Misuzulu ka Zwelithini went to invoke his ancestors earlier than being introduced to each the residing and the useless as the brand new Zulu monarch.

The king appearing in traditional attire

The king showing in conventional apparel

The brand new king then emerged sporting black feathers and holding a spear and protect.

“Immediately the Zulu nation begins a brand new chapter,” he’s quoted by AFP as telling the crowds. “I promise I’ll work to unite the Zulu nation.”

The ceremony befell amid a row about whether or not he was the rightful inheritor. The half sisters of the king declare their late father’s will, which paved the way in which for Misuzulu to develop into king, could have been solid.

People trying to catch a glimpse of the proceedings

Folks making an attempt to catch a glimpse of the proceedings

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