King Goodwill Zwelithini has slammed the current government, saying the apartheid regime built a country with strong infrastructure, a stable currency, and a strong army.
The Zulu monarch argued that the current government had not been able to build on this, adding that history would judge the current leadership harshly.
Political analyst and heritage expert Dr Somadoda Fikeni on Monday said King Zwelithini's remarks reflect a dissatisfaction with current political leadership and the lack of resources at his disposal.
Listen to the full conversation, with Ray White standing in, on The Midday Report:
The King has been critical of political leadership in KZN. You might begin to have a situation where discontent is leading to nostalgia. He may have had a lot more resources at his disposal then, than he does now.— Dr Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst and heritage expert
This may be an indication of his strained relationship with government. How he is beginning to alienate himself from the ruling party may not be wise, particularly when the scrutiny of budgets and resources is drawing closer to him.— Dr Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst and heritage expert