Pupils to wear traditional clothes for new Zulu king

Pupils in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province have been told to wear traditional clothes to school next Tuesday to honour the new Zulu king.

Misuzulu ka Zwelithini was coronated in a traditional ceremony on Saturday, even as some royals argued he was not the rightful heir to the throne.

The provincial education department has declared 30 August a day for schools to celebrate and honour the new 48-year-old monarch.

Teachers and other school employees have also been asked to wear their traditional attire to celebrate the “historic event”.

In a circular, the department committed to working with the king in pursuit of quality public education in the province.

Clothing is an important part of Zulu culture – and often includes colourful beadwork and animal skins.

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