Contrary to expectations, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has failed to explain his recent anti-gay statements that shocked the LGBT community.
The media was invited to hear the king clarify his position on homosexuality by the department of traditional affairs which co-hosted a function on Saturday in KwaZulu Natal.
Zwelithini, however, disappointed journalists who attended the event by not making a single comment on the furore about his statements or his views on gays and lesbians.
Instead, he spoke generically about the history and importance of respect for Zulu culture.
LGBT, human rights and HIV/Aids groups have slammed Zwelithini over the statements he is reported to have made while speaking at an event on 22 January commemorating the 133rd anniversary of the Battle of Isandwana.
He was said to have stated that homosexuality did not exist in the past, and that it is “wrong”, “rotten” and “not acceptable”.
King’s Zwelithini’s household has insisted that his comments were mistranslated.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating the king’s statements, saying that if they were indeed made they “constitute hate speech, are dehumanising and are a violation of the constitutional right of LGBTI people to equality and freedom”.