Aspirant king angers Zulu royal family

2010-10-03 10:36

The Zulu royal family is up in arms against aspirant king Melizwe Dlamini of the Enhlangwini tribe on the south coast of Durban after he allegedly snubbed King Shaka Day celebrations last weekend.

Dlamini had organised his own ceremony on the same day, while the official event was held at KwaDukuza.

Dignitaries at the KwaDukuza event included Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, President Jacob Zuma, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Premier Zweli Mkhize and provincial cabinet ministers.

Instead of participating, Dlamini did his own virginity testing and Unomkhubulwana (a traditional ceremony in which maidens plough the king’s fields) at ­Nhlangwini.

Prince Reginald Zulu said: “This is a direct revolt against the Zulu nation and its monarch. He first insulted our king by declaring himself as isilo (king).”

Zulu said Dlamini must be summoned to account for his actions. “No one has a right to insult our king. If it was during Shaka’s era, Melizwe could have been sentenced to death.”

Prince Muntukaphiwana Zulu, an MP, said Dlamini had behaved like a rebel. “If he really respects the Zulu monarchy, he should have postponed his event.”

Dlamini’s spokesperson, Edmund Duma, said the prince had committed no offence.

“His Majesty Melizwe Dlamini and his tribe have a right to organise their own traditional ceremony at their own time.”

He warned people “not to interfere in the affairs of Nhlangwini”.

He declined to divulge which dignitaries attended the event, because of “negative stories (being) written about our king.”

The provincial deputy chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders, Mpiyezintombi Mzimela, urged all traditional leaders to “defend King Zwelithini’s throne”.

“He is undermining our king. In fact people who revolt against our king need to be charged with high treason,” said Mzimela.

“The government must make it a serious offence for anyone to ­insult our king.”

Dlamini’s ambition of becoming a king was dealt a blow when the Nhlapho Commission declared Zwelithini the only Zulu king.

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