The newly inaugurated President of Amabhinca advises youth to focus on building their future

Ngizwe Mchunu

The recently inaugurated President of Amabhinca, Ngizwe Mchunu, has appealed to South Africans to look after their indigenous languages and protect their cultures. Mchunu was speaking on MUT Radio on 7 March 2024. Responding to questions from the host of Hlanganani Midday Show, Nontuthuko Khanyile, Mchunu said he was going to intensify his efforts at retaining and protecting the Zulu culture. Mchunu said he was going to give a directive later in the day as to how the Zulu culture should be used with the care it deserves. Mchunu appealed to all to take advantage of social media and do what is right with the way they deal with the various cultures.

Mchunu pointed out that there was no longer any respect for cultures, and that the IsiZulu, as a language, was in danger as there was no direction of how the language should be handled. Those using the language were very careless with it, Mchunu said. “Even teachers at schools are struggling to articulate their languages. Instead, they now use other languages to make their points,” he said.

Mchunu said that as President of Amabhinca, he was going to visit higher education institutions where he would roll out his plans to promote the Amabhinca, who are a big part of the IsiZulu culture, a point that was observed by the King of the Zulu Nation, His Majesty, Misuzulu KaZwelithini, when he was inaugurating Mchunu.

Talking directory to the students at MUT, Mchunu said they must learn to regard the Institution as a place where they can craft their future. He reminded them of the efforts their parents made to put them through education. “Some of the parents sell their cattle so that their children can register to study and make their future. The youth need to be very careful, and not take things for granted, and always remember where they come from,” Mchunu said. He said the youth should focus on doing what is right, and refrain from getting involved in activities that can endanger their lives. He said the youth should stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Mchunu also advised the youth of South Africa to take advantage of opportunities to cast their views and contribute beyond their country. He was invited to broadcast his show in Washington DC during the inauguration of the first US Black President, Barack Obama. President Obama was inaugurated on 20 January 2009.

Mchunu also pointed out that it was important for everyone to acknowledge their mistakes, learn from them, and move on. He admitted that he made some mistakes and has learnt from them. Mchunu is a former Ukhozi FM broadcaster. He is now a well-known socialite with a massive presence on social media. He is usually a sight in community meetings, spotting his Zulu regalia.