The Zulu Royal Family says that until the core of the royal family and the Zulu Royal Council sit down to appoint a new king, the AmaZulu throne will remain vacant.
Zulu Royal Family
Coronation of Prince Misuzulu
The family took note of the verdict handed down on Wednesday by the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court, which gave the green light to the… coronation of Prince Misuzulu kaZwelithini as the new king of the Zulu nation.
Judge Isaac Madondo dismissed a petition filed by late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s brother, Prince Mbonisi Zulu, to stop the coronation, after ruling that Prince Misuzulu was the “undisputed heir to the throne.”
Judge Madondo also dismissed with charges an application from Zwelithini’s first wife, Queen Sibongile Dlamini-Zulu, claiming 50% of the king’s estate.
Statement of the Zulu Royal Family
However, the judge ruled in favor of Queen Dlamini-Zulu’s two daughters – princesses Ntombizosuthu and Ntandoyenkosi – to prohibit the execution of Zwelithini’s will, pending a court to verify the authenticity of the signatures on the will.
The Zulu royal family said the cases and verdicts handed down on Wednesday had nothing to do with the Zulu king’s successor.
“The Zulu royal family further reiterates that according to our custom and tradition, statements about a new king cannot be made without the family specifically performing our sacred rituals, Ukukhuphula Isilo (Connecting the King’s Mind), Ukugeza Izigodlo (Purification of the royal palaces) and especially Ukugeza Isihlalo (Purification of the Throne),” the royal family said in a statement.
First anniversary of the death of King Zwelithini
The family said as the first birthday of Zwelithini’s death approaching, on March 12, they want to assure the Zulu nation that the family gives priority to the Zulu culture, the sanctity of the throne and the stability of the royal Zulu family and the AmaZulu nation.
“We will guard and protect the legacy of His Majesty, the late King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuZulu, by honoring his wishes and those of his predecessors, but ensuring that we remain orderly and diligent in handling sensitive issues, such as the appointment of a new king. †
“We will ensure that our quest to appoint a new king is guided by our Zulu customs, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act 3 of 2019 and the submissions of His Majesty. , late king to the Nhlapho Commission.”
The royal family stressed that appointing a new king was a delicate process that should not be rushed.
Lest we allow interference from impostors acting as members of the royal family to distract political influence and the media to ensure that His Majesty’s successor, the late King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuZulu, begins his reign on a cleansed throne with a united family and nation. †
Meanwhile, the traditional Zulu prime minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezisaid Wednesday the court ruling on Prince Misuzulu’s coronation brought “tremendous relief” to the Zulu nation.
Buthelezi said in a statement that he was grateful that Judge Madondo had dropped any argument that the king was not correctly identified by the royal family as the rightful heir to the throne.
He said the Supreme Court had made it very clear that Prince Misuzulu was indeed his father’s undisputed successor.
“We trust that this will open the way for His Majesty our King to finally be crowned as this is a legal formality. As Judge Madondo has confirmed, the king is already de facto king of the Zulu nation, as I have always maintained,” Buthelezi said.
“Personally, I am pleased that we can now see the stability that our nation has so longed for since the departure of His Majesty, our late King, nearly a year ago.
“This has been a painful time for the royal family and for the nation. We look forward to the restoration of unity under the reign of His Majesty our King.”