Date set for King Misuzulu’s coronation

Celani Sikhakhane

The date for the coronation of the Zulu King, Misuzulu kaZwelithini has been set for the end of May. 

In a letter to the Traditional Prime Minister to the Monarch, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that he will be available to attend the coronation on 28 May. 

“I have noted that the Royal Family has decided to host the ceremony by the end of May 2022 at the Enyokeni Palace. This letter serves to confirm my availability to participate in the said ceremony on 28 May,” the president said in the letter. 

Royal family spokesperson Prince Thulani Zulu said he would not comment on this matter until the committee convenes for a meeting that is planned for Friday. 

“I am not aware of the letter but the Royal committee is meeting on Friday to discuss the coronation. I’ll be able to come up with a proper comment on the way forward then,” said Prince Thulani. 

The last time the Zulu King was crowned was in 1971 when the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu took over the throne from his father King Bhekuzulu Bhusha kaSolomon.

King Misuzulu kaZwelithini took over from his uncle prince Mcwayizeni who was acting on his behalf. 

King Zwelithini was crowned at the age of 21 while King Misuzulu kaZwelithini will be coronated at the age of 48. 

On Wednesday King Misuzulu accepted the traditional gifts from his fiancee Queen Ntokozo kaMayisela who went to KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace for the ingqibamasondo where the bride delivers gifts to the groom’s family. This is part of the build-up to the wedding.