South Africa just removed its statue of Shaka the Zulu from its airport in Durban. Reason? Well some protested the portrayal of the great warrior. Apparently, he was erected with cattle surrounding him, instead of with a spear, shield and wild animals. Here is a picture of Shaka theZulu surrounded by cattle in the new King Shaka International Airport..
Some think King Shaka needs to be portrayed as fiercer. Seen.. but does that mean the entire statue should be removed? Good news is that according to officials, “once an agreement has been reached on a new design, the statue will be put back up.”
On Shaka the Zulu (the BBC)
(BBC) – King Shaka – who founded the Zulu kingdom and was famous for his military tactics – is traditionally depicted bearing arms.
“But he [Shaka] also loved nature and would have had free time. He would not always be carrying his spear and shield,” Mr Madlala suggests.
However, a report in South Africa’s Mercury newspaper pointed out that for some people, an unarmed Shaka symbolised surrender.
The paper also mentions that since King Shaka was a keen hunter, some believe it would have been better if he had been surrounded by wild animals rather than cattle.
“Shaka is surrounded by Nguni cattle, which are quite dear to the Zulu people,” Mr Madlala explains.
Goodwill Zwelithini attended the opening of Durban’s new King Shaka International Airport earlier this month, at which time he saw the King Shaka statue.
The Mercury says that he approved of the cattle surrounding Shaka, but thought the airport was not the right location for the statue.
South African sculptor Andries Botha designed the statue.
Mr Madlala says there is no problem with the quality of Mr Botha’s work.
“No-one knows what Shaka looked like and he [Botha] was only giving his interpretation.”
[Image via Times live]