Prince Buthelezi: High court ruling will not affect Misuzulu’s status as king

Celani Sikhakhane

The Pietermaritzburg High Court will make a ruling on the legitimacy of late King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu’s will on Wednesday.

Traditional Prime Minister to the Monarch prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi said that the king is already on the throne and they are only waiting for legal formalities to crown him.

He said whether the ruling is given in favour of the so-called Royal Rebels or not, it won’t affect Misuzulu’s status as the Zulu king.

“The litigation before the court has no bearing on the matter of the royal succession,” said Buthelezi in a statement.

“It deals only with the division of the estate of the late king and with contested signatures of the king. Judgement on these matters will not affect the issue of the succession.”

The first wife of King Zwelithini, Queen Sibongile MaDlamini of Khethomthandayo Palace, filed court papers last year to challenge the marriage of King Zwelithini’s other five wives. She also wanted the court to declare her marriage with the late king as the only union that is recognised by the constitution of the country.

Her children Princess Ntandoyenkosi and Ntombizosuthu also challenged the signature on the will, which they claim is fake.

Buthelezi also emphasises that King Misuzulu’s position as the Zulu king is not in dispute and he is already on the throne performing his duties.

Last week King Misuzulu brought the State of the Province Address to a standstill when he arrived.

Political party leaders including the EFF, DA, NFP and IFP and ANC members of the Legislature gave King Misuzulu a standing ovation when he made his royal entrance.

The ruling will clarify whether the will of the late king that appointed the late Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu of Khethomthandayo as a regent was legitimate.