Zulu Royal family leadership dispute goes to court


Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu.
Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu.

The fight over who should succeed Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, is set to head to the courts.

On Sunday night,  the Zulu Royal family announced that the matter will be heard in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Queen Sibongile Dlamini is claiming 50% of Zwelithini’s estate.

In the 35-page long affidavit, she is further claiming that she was forced to marry the King.

Following Zwelithini’s death in March, The Regent, Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu took over the throne.

According to a statement released by the Kwakhethomthandayo Royal Palace, the matter will appear before the court and relates to the declaration of the late King’s civil union versus the subsequent “customary” unions, in order to deal with matters of inheritance and succession to the throne.

Dispute over will

At the moment, some of the King’s daughters are disputing his will, claiming that his signature was forged.

The Queen’s appointment did not sit well with some members of the royal family.  Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi slammed reports of ‘parallel meetings’ between certain members.

The meetings reportedly called by Prince Mbonisi and his sister Princess Thembi.

Buthelezi said the meetings were held without the authority or sanction of the Queen. He added that the family had been discussing the matter of assistance for the Queen in the presence of the same relatives who then arranged their own meeting.

Last week, the Queen succumbed to an undisclosed illness in hospital.

Poison discovered in the Queen’s liver

Meanwhile, according to a Sunday newspaper, poison was discovered in the late Queen’s liver. The newspaper claimed that while details leading to her death were yet to be disclosed, doctors advised against surgery for the Queen after discovering poison in her liver.

The late King’s siblings Princess Thembi, Prince Mbonisi and Prince Thokozani said they were hurt by the allegations that the Queen was poisoned.

In a press conference, they said they were not behind the Queen’s death and they believed that they were being framed. They further clarified their reasons for not inviting Buthelezi to their meeting last week.

They claimed that he would not give them the space to speak freely on matters. They claimed that Buthelezi would belittle them and shoot them down if he did not like their ideas.

State funeral for the queen

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has requested a state funeral for the late Zulu Regent.

“The application of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government is indeed being considered by the Presidency, taking into account all matters tabled and submitted in the proposal. The KZN provincial government will await further communication and feedback from the Presidency.

 Her Majesty’s passing has traumatised the entire nation which had barely recovered from the colossal demise of His Majesty, King Zwelithini kaBhekuZulu.

Premier Sihle Zikalala and the provincial government wish to appeal to all citizens to put the Zulu Royal Family in prayer as they navigate these extraordinary and painful times.

The nation is asked to observe the period of mourning.  The government appreciates the outpouring of support the citizens are giving to the Royal family and the entire Zulu nation,” Zikalala said.

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