JOHANNESBURG, South African Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, has urged members and leaders of the country's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) to bury the hatred leading up to the party's 54th National Conference and extend an olive branch to one another.

The party's top six leaders led by party President Cyril Ramaphosa, who were elected in a bruising battle at the party's 54th national elective conference here last month, paid a courtesy visit to the King at his palace in Nongoma, in northern KwaZulu-Natal Province on Sunday to report on the outcome of the conference.

It was an attempt by the Zulu king to try and facilitate a meeting between rival ANC members to smoke the peace pipe. King Goodwill asked the ANC leaders and the party's KwaZulu-Natal provincial leaders, including provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala and former provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu, to shake hands and extend an olive branch to each other.

As a word of advice to the ANC President, the King called on Ramaphosa to lead by example and embrace even those members who did not want him elected as party President. The King also called on the newly elected ANC leaders never to abandon their commitment towards the poor.

He also called on the new leadership to move with speed in the implementation of ANC policies adopted at the party's 54th National Conference.

Ramaphosa committed the newly elected ANC leadership to deal with internal squabbles facing the ruling party and reiterated that the ruling party would implement the conference's resolution of land expropriation without compensation.

Meanwhile, the ANC's top leadership -- Ramaphosa, Deputy President David Mabuza, Secretary General Ace Magashule,

Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte, Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile, National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe --presented the King with three Ankole Wathusi Cattle, a Kenyan Masai breed.