Royal Household Trust Bill approved

2015-02-04 00:00

AN amendment to the Royal Household Trust could pave the way for more efficient and less costly management of King Goodwill Zwelethini’s affairs.

The KZN Royal Household Trust Bill, 2015, was considered and approved during the provincial executive council’s first meeting on Friday.

Essentially, the bill aims to disband the Royal Household Department and replace it with a statutory trust to manage the Zulu monarchy’s affairs.

It was previously reported that both the department and the trust controlled the king’s purse, meaning that there was a duplication of services.

Provincial government spokesperson Thami Ngwenya yesterday said the bill will be submitted to the speaker of the provincial legislature, Lydia Johnson, for tabling in the legislature and to start the consultation process.

“The objective of the bill is to determine the manner in which the Royal Household Trust is to be managed, governed, staffed and financed,” said Ngwenya.

He said the overall aim was to ensure that governance and management of the Royal Household Trust is improved for the well-being of King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Trust chairperson Judge Jerome Ngwenya had criticised the proposed bill, saying that the department had already been disbanded.

“The president disestablished the department on the Government Gazette dated December 12,” said Ngwenya.

“At the very least they could have discussed this at legislature and with the royal family because it affects them,” said Ngwenya.

KZN director-general Nhlanhla Ngidi said: “The matter has been up for discussion for many years, we have discussed this with various political parties.”

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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