King Goodwill Zwelithini has said that the ANC should give him the power to rule if it fails to lead country.
He said this while addressing thousands of maidens during a reed dance ceremony held in Ingwavuma, at the weekend.
The king said the political violence that had ensued in KwaZulu-Natal was a sign of failed leadership in the ANC, and had asked the ruling party to step aside and allow him to lead if they were failing because “God gave me powers to lead”.
Zwelithini is the reigning king of the Zulu nation under the traditional leadership clause of the South African constitution.
According to IOL, Zwelithini bemoaned the ANC’s loss of key metros, Nelson Mandela Bay, Johannesburg and Tshwane “to whites”, the DA.
The ministers caused a stir last year when he allegedly called for the deportation of foreigners. Addressing Pongolo community members during a moral regeneration event, Zwelithini accused government of failing to protect locals from the “influx of foreign nationals”.
“Most government leaders do not want to speak out on this matter because they are scared of losing votes.
“As the king of the Zulu nation, I cannot tolerate a situation where we are being led by leaders with no views whatsoever.”