“We need a Royal Household AmaZulu family reunion” – King Misuzulu kaZwelithini
King Misuzulu kaZwelithini
As succession battles within the AmaZulu royal family rage, new King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has called an urgent meeting to resolve the dispute.
This, after a faction of the Amazulu royal family wrote letters to the King and Prime Minister of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, questioning the legitimacy of the new king.
In a statement read by AmaZulu Prime Minister Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi at a press briefing yesterday, King Misuzulu kaZwelithini asked the Prime Minister of Amazulu to inform the Zulu nation that the situation within the family demanded an urgent meeting.
“On the instruction of His Majesty King Misuzulu kaZwelithini, I hereby announce His Majesty’s intention to convene a meeting of all the major houses of the Zulu royal family as soon as the protocols of Covid-19 permit the holding of such a meeting.
“Her Majesty considers this meeting to be both urgent and necessary, due to the confusion that has been created in the public space over who constitutes the ‘royal family‘ and who speaks on behalf of the royal family,” said Buthelezi.
In one of the letters, the AmaZulu royal family faction warned the new king that continuing to see himself as the king of AmaZulu could lead to accusations of fraud. They informed Zikalala that Prince Simakade Zulu has been approved as a candidate to succeed the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuZulu.
They said they also wished “His Royal Highness Prince Simakade” to receive “the same measure of care and courtesy accorded to His Royal Highness Prince Misuzulu by the provincial government until the dispute over who should succeed. to His Majesty the late King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu is resolved ”.
The faction sees itself as the “core members” of the AmaZulu royal family.
However, Buthelezi said such a structure does not exist within the AmaZulu royal family.
“The question of what is meant by ‘royal family’ needs to be clarified, as some now claim to be the ‘core’ of the royal family to the exclusion of other senior members of the royal family.
“In addition, the King was not informed of meetings with the Prime Minister held by the Queen Mother and the Queens of the late King. The Prime Minister himself brought these meetings to the King’s attention.
“As the Prime Minister is now involved at this level, His Majesty believes that this matter needs urgent resolution,” said Buthelezi.
The letters run parallel to legal proceedings initiated by some members of the royal family challenging the will left by the late King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu.
According to the royal family faction, the will, which paved the way for the appointment of King MisiZulu kaZwelithini, has been forged.