King Misuzulu fires Ingonyama Trust chair and spokesperson

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By Celani Sikhakhane

King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has fired the chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust Board and his longstanding spokesperson with immediate effect. 

In a letter dated 12 February and seen by Scrolla.Africa, the king tells Inkosi Thanduyise Mzimela of the eMazimeleni clan that he has to immediately vacate his position after he had previously instructed him to resign in September.

“Kindly note that on 23 September 2023, I King Misuzulu kaZwelithini addressed a letter to you dated 22 September 2023 which was forwarded to you via email about the revocation as the Chairperson of Ingonyama Trust Board. The aforesaid email was met with complete silence.” 

The letter further states that on October 13 and 19, the king forwarded the same letter to Mzimela but it was only acknowledged by the Ingonyama Trust CEO, Vela Mngwengwe.

King Misuzulu stressed that Inkosi Mzimela had to vacate the office within 24 hours and warned him against any resistance.

There were rumours that Inkosi Mabhudu Tembe would take over as chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust Board but His Majesty made it clear in his letter that he will assume the post of chairperson. 

Inkosi Mzimela told Scrolla.Africa that he had not seen the king’s email because he was busy in a meeting.

In a different letter, King Misuzulu told Inkosi Mzimela’s spokesperson Prince Afrika Zulu of the Onkweni Royal House to desist from any royal responsibilities because communication was now the responsibility of his traditional prime minister, Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi. 

The prince said he would convene a media briefing to unpack some of the issues surrounding the demand for his resignation. 

“I will also explain about the whole thing that is happening [with the royal family] and how everything has unfolded in the past few weeks [up] until the commemoration [last month] of the battle of Isandlwana,” he said.

Pictured above: Inkosi Thanduyise Mzimela and Prince Afrika Zulu have been fired by King Misuzulu kaZwelithini. 

Image source: Bayede News

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