AWARDED: President Jacob Zuma with KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize and Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu. Picture: Siyabulela Duda
The Xhosa Royal Kingdom yesterday bestowed the King Hintsa Bravery award to President Jacob Zuma, in recognition of his “selfless” contribution to the struggle against apartheid.
The event was held at Nqadu Great Place in Willowvale near Mthatha. The awards to those who’ve impacted on the lives of African people began in 1999.
Zuma, as well as a host of provincial government leaders, attended yesterday’s event.
Earlier, Prince Xhanti Sigcawu of the Xhosa royal family, said Zuma’s continued presence on traditional matters at Nqadu is one of the reasons they chose to honour him.
Premier Noxolo Kiviet said King Hintsa was one of the fearless leaders the country ever had.
“Honourable President, 223 years ago a leader, a warrior, a king (Hintsa) was born in the Mbhashe municipality.
“It would not be wrong therefore for us to boldly claim that King Hintsa is a liberation struggle hero.
“In the democratic South Africa he would have been the first to acknowledge the ANC has done a lot to improve the lives of poor people.
“He would without reservation also challenge us to do more to emancipate our people from poverty, unemployment and inequalities,” said Kiviet.
In September, political analyst Prof Kwandiwe Kondlo conducted a lecture on Hintsa.
Kondlo said: “King Hintsa was a pioneer of strategic diplomacy–a mix of soft and hard skills when running the affairs of a polity.”