Zulu Ritual Remains Intact

December 4, 2009

Every year during a thanksgiving ritual known as Ukushwama, young members of the Zulu tribe kill a bull using their hands.  Animal Rights Africa, however, has been trying to ban the bull-killing ritual in South Africa. But Judge Nic van der Reyden of the Pietermaritzburg High Court in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) province disagrees and ruled this week against the animal rights group.

Digital Journal reported  van der Reyden stating, “the bull was killed to transfer powers to the king, if this is stopped, the symbolic powers would be stopped. In effect, you are killing the king.” Also likening the prevention of the event as “ tantamount to telling Catholics not to take communion”.

ARA claims the ritual takes upwards of 40 minutes and involves dozens of men forcefully trying to break the bull’s neck with their hands and feet.

Meanwhile, Inkatha Freedom Party Member of Parliament, Albert Mncwango told the BBC that the killing “doesn’t even take a minute”.

New sagency Xinhua reported Zwelithini’s spokesman, Nhlanhla Mtaka, comments on the court proceedings, in which he stated, “We view this as nothing but a publicity stunt aimed at seeking donations.  It will be interesting to see how many donations they (ARA) have received after taking this matter to the media.”


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