Land issue deliberated on at memorial
MATSAPHA – Close to 500 mourners came to bid farewell to Prince Khu-zulwandle.
Speakers, during the memorial service of the prince held at the Jesus Calls Worship Centre, discussed the issue of the land that Swaziland is trying to recover from South Africa.
The prince was Chairman of the Border Restoration Committee, which was tasked with dealing with the land issue.
Among the people in attendance was Chairperson of the African National Congress Baleka Mbete, South African Ambassador to Brazil Mpha-kama Mbete who is also the late prince’s son-in-law, Mandla Mandela, Qaukeni and other royal houses from all over South Africa.
Speakers like former Army Commander, Fonono Dube and former Housing Minister Mabili Dlamini elaborated on the boundaries which they said stretched from the Northern KwaZulu Natal up to the Limpopo Province.
Dube said he could speak for more than two days when he was asked to describe what kind of a leader the prince was. Dube said the prince was one of the people who made sure that the King acquired education.
Another speaker Prince Tshekedi said he was reminded of a time when they were still studying in the US when the prince told them that his desire was to have a Messey Ferguson and this was after other members of the royal family had issued their wish lists of top of the range cars they wanted to go back to Swaziland with.
He said the prince left them in stitches and they would remind him of what he said while they continued studying.
Gogo Khumalo spoke on behalf of the prince’s wives; she said the prince treated his wives as his girlfriends because he called them by name. She said the wives described the prince as a person whot taught them how to love.
She said the wives said the prince would be missed by everyone because he was more like a father and a brother to his wives and family.
Most speakers said the prince was a humble man and he loved people.
Speaker after speaker described the prince as a person who never carried his shoulders and he took every person as his brother or child. One of the first speakers was Prince Cedza who described his father as a caring and loving father who made sure that his children were well looked after. He then read his father’s obituary.
Prince Sobandla spoke on behalf of his peers and in the middle of his speech the prince was overcome by emotions and he broke down on the stage. This was after the prince related how things went when they first boarded an airplane to the United States of America. The prince said while in hospital he got to know of the presence of his brother and South African former lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
He said he heard after a few days when he met Madikizela-Mandela who told him that the prince was also in the same hospital.
The prince said he wanted to go and see the prince. He said this was because he was the only person who could work around.
"Neither words nor any amount of speeches can resuscitate our fallen hero in the name of His Royal Highness Prince Khuzu-lwandle. He is gone and has left us with sorrow that words cannot describe.
"But I dare say that no journey of a normal human being who knows where he is going to does not have its deep and dangerous rivers to cross sometimes infested with crocodiles, and hills and slopes to climb.
"I remember in 1969 when we got to Johannesburg, the beginning of our journey to college in the United States, we found that we had already delayed the departure of the plane.
"But God being on our side, the plane waited for us and we heard our names being shouted that the plane was about to depart.
"We were running and the first thing they told us was to bring our luggage only to have Khuzu-lwandle handing over a paper bag with his clothes, to which the flight attendants politely said, no we want your suitcases, this is your hand luggage.
To make it worse, as we were led up into the plane to take our seats we had a problem of picking up his belongings before taking our seats," said the prince to the laughter of mourners.
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