CITIZENS AT LOGGERHEADS WITH MUNICIPALITY
The removal of banners showing an image of the Zulu king, King Misuzulu caused mixed reactions and a public outcry at the Nicol Square Garage in Durban CBD.
The mixed views come after the newly installed banner which intends to highlight the service delivery carried out by the municipality, caused havoc on social media. Citizens argued that the municipality had failed to respect to the Zulu Royal Family.
Speaking to Iziko, the municipality spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela said that as the municipality had the utmost respect for the Zulu Royal Family.
“The banner is an advertising banner; it is not a monument to Zulu Kings or a statue. Advertising banners have a defined lifespan,” Mayisela said.
He alluded that in and around parts of Durban there were numerous sites that paid homage to the Zulu Royal family.
“These demonstrate our respect for the Zulu kings and for the Royal Family. These sites are more permanent that an advertising banner, we have King Shaka International Airport, King DiniZulu statue, Queen Nandi Drive to name a few,” Mayisela added.
Before the Zulu Kings’ banner, the space had had a banner of the previous African National Congress (ANC) presidents. It was also revealed that the banner of the Zulu Kings had occupied the space for more than a year which is believed to have been the cause of the misunderstanding among members of the public, thinking that the banner would be hung there on a permanent basis.