The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has told its supporters that the royal ruling by the KwaZulu-Natal Supreme Court on Wednesday will not affect King Misuzulu ka Zwelithini’s position as the Zulu monarch.
Deputy Judge President Justice Mjabuliseni Isaac Madondo is expected to render the royal verdict on the lawsuit filed last year by Queen Sibongile Dlamini-Zulu and her daughters, Princess Ntandoyenkosi and Princess Ntombizosuthu.
The case concerns the estate of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini according to his will, which Queen Sibongile and her daughters claim is fake.
Queen Sibongile states that her marriage is the only valid and legal marriage union with the late king and as such is the rightful beneficiary of 50% of Zwelithini’s estate.
The queen wants the marriages of the late king to his five other wives declared invalid and illegal, and the remaining royal possessions divided among the five wives.
Court succession date set for May
Judge Madondo has made it clear that the impending judgment will not stop King Misuzulu’s ascent to the throne, regardless of whether the judgment is in their favor or not.
Dlamini-Zulu is also a challenge King Misuzulu in succession to the late king in a separate petition.
Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, the late king’s third wife, was appointed regent of the Zulu nation following her husband’s death in March last year.
King Misuzulu is the eldest son of Queen Regent Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu and King Goodwill Zwelithini. The couple died within weeks of each other.
That case is on May 7.
King’s supporters warned not to go to court
“When these cases were heard in January 2022, neither His Majesty King Misuzulu nor I, as traditional Prime Minister of the Zulu Monarch and Nation, were present at the KwaZulu-Natal Supreme Court in Pietermaritzburg,” said IFP founder Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
“Indeed, His Majesty the King instructed that members of the Zulu nation refrain from meeting in the courthouse, as such gathering was unnecessary and posed an unnecessary risk in light of the ongoing threat of Covid-19.”
Buthelezi reiterated that a trial in court will not affect the issue of royal succession, reminding supporters that it will rule only on the distribution of the late king’s estate and with disputed signatures on the late king’s will .
“It is necessary to clarify this to the Zulu nation as the impression has been created that tomorrow’s ruling in the Supreme Court will somehow confirm the position of His Majesty the King. This is not the case,” emphasizes Buthelezi.
“It is therefore irrational and unnecessary for the king’s regiments to come to court tomorrow. His Majesty the King has given no such instructions to his regiments or his people.
“Therefore, the Zulu nation is once again urged not to travel to Pietermaritzburg with the misguided idea that this will somehow represent support for the king,” he said in a statement.