RSA (Pre-1994): King Dinizulu Ka Cetshwayo: Sonke Festival

RSA (Pre-1994): King Dinizulu Ka Cetshwayo: Sonke FestivalRSA (Pre-1994): King Dinizulu Ka Cetshwayo: Sonke Festival
Form: Circulat with attached loop.
By: Tommy Sasseen
Date: 1993
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0167;
25.6 mmBronze7.8 gm$16

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: King’s bust with bead necklace, half right. Signed: “TS” below left. Legend above: “ANC PATRON” and below: “KING DINIZULU KA CETSHWAYO”

Reverse: In the middle across: “SONKE / FESTIVAL / OCTOBER 93”. In an arc above: “MANY CULTURES” and below: “ONE PEOPLE”.

Notes: The Sonke (all of us) Festival was held at Durban's Kings Park Stadium on Sunday 24 October 1993. A 60,000 strong crowd of mainly Zulus gather to hear Nelson Mandela’s address in the run up to the 1994 general elections. Mandela stressed the need for unity and dwelt on the role of successive Zulu kings and other traditional leaders in South Africa's liberation struggle.

Foremost among these was King Dinizulu kaCetshwayo (1868-1913), the king of the Zulu nation from 20 May 1884 until his death. He succeeded his father King Cetshwayo. The ANC was formed on 8 January 1912 and Dinizulu became the organisation’s first honorary vice president.