A call by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for education Mbali Frazer for educators and learners to wear traditional Zulu regalia in honour of the newly crowned monarch King Misuzulu ka Zwelithini has drawn a barrage of criticism from teachers, politicians and a cultural expert.

“We believe that the wearing of traditional regalia by learners from all backgrounds will play a more significant role in national unity and social cohesion,” Frazer’s department said in circular to schools. “This historic gesture will give meaning and symbolism to a call for a decolonised education in our lifetime as we forge ahead in providing quality education.”..

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