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SA’s Zulu kingly accession clash due in court

King Goodwill Zwelithini was on the throne for almost 50 years

King Goodwill Zwelithini was on the throne for almost 50 years

A court case connecting members of the Zulu royal family is due to start on Tuesday in a proceeding accession struggle for the throne.

The royal quarrel was sequel to the death in March last year of King Goodwill Zwelithini from diabetes-related difficulties at the age of 72.

The late king had selected his third wife Queen Dlamini-Zulu as his successor due to the fact that she was the only wife with royal blood – still her death suddenly activated a power struggle over the sequence.

She had appointed Prince Misuzulu, her son and the eldest son of the king – as successor to the throne.

Prince Misuzulu rising to the throne has been opposed by the late king’s daughters, who are confronting the legitimacy of his will and claim that his signature was fake.

Queen Sibongile Dlamini- Zulu, the late king first wife, is as well hunting to take over half of the late king’s estate on grounds that she was the only wife who was legally married to the king.

Prince Misuzulu is yet to be formally crowned seeing that he was chosen as the successor in midst of the court battle.

The high court in Maritzburg will be hearing the matters about the late king’s will also a bid to stop an reported secret coronation.

 

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