By Celani Sikhakhane and Zukile Majova
The battle for the control of the multi-million rand Ingonyama Trust has taken an ugly turn with rogue elements forging the signature of Zulu King Misuzulu KaZwelithini.
The king issued a statement on Monday night saying someone or a group of people have forged his signature.
The rogue elements then created a document that was sent to KZN Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube informing her that His Majesty has fired current chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust Board, Inkosi Thanduyise Mzimela.
Mzimela was recently appointed by the King to manage the trust, ending 20 years of administration of the trust by the previous board.
This has angered some group intent on managing the trust especially when Mzimela declined to endorse a R12 million funding to a mining entrepreneur in June.
“His Majesty wishes to note that his office has been furnished with a copy of a forged document that has been circulated in social media platforms purporting to be from His Majesty’s office dated by hand on 23.09.2023 and addressed to the premier and head of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, Hon Nomusa Dube-Ncube,” said the King’s spokesperson Prince Afrika Zulu.
Prince Zulu said the forged document informed the premier that Inkosi Mzimela has been relieved of his duties to the trust.
“His Majesty wishes to be recorded that he rejects these fabrications with the highest contempt they deserve and wishes to categorically dismiss the sum of all assertions made in this document,” the statement said.
King Misuzulu has expressed confidence in Inkosi Mzimela and has ordered an investigation into the matter adding that it was the work of forces that sought to divide the Zulu Kingdom.
Scrolla. Africa has learned that different interest groups including members of the government sought to hijack the trust to fund their political ambitions.
“There are two mafia groups who are targeting the Ingonyama Trust and their plan is to win. They’re the business mafia from Mpumalanga province and the Pretoria political mafia elite,” said a source.
Mzimela said: “My duty is to protect the land of the Zulu nation and I will do that without any fear.
“As I am talking to you I’m heading to the office to do my work with the board. “This week we are busy processing lease agreements for businesses.”
Pictured above: Ingonyama Trust board chairperson iNkosi Thanduyise Mzimela.
Image source: Supplied.