IFP: ‘Political move to obliterate kingship in KZN’

2015-12-09 10:38
King Goodwill Zwelithini (City Press)

King Goodwill Zwelithini (City Press)

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Pietermaritzburg - The IFP has raised concerns about the manner in which the affairs of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini are being administered.

The IFP said they had been informed that the king’s office is being rendered dysfunctional due to a lack of basic supplies such as stationery and other resources.

“Our concern goes back to the time when the Department of the Royal Household was reduced to a mere chief directorate in the Office of the Premier,” said IFP leader in the provincial legislature Blessed Gwala.

“We knew from that time that it was a political move to obliterate the kingship in KZN.”

Gwala said the stationing of the king’s vehicles in Pietermaritzburg was inconveniencing the king’s abilities to perform his duties.

“When they are required for royal duties, a requisition has to be made and then the vehicles travel about 400 km to Nongoma and then travel back to be parked off in Pietermaritzburg.

“We are serious when we call for cost-cutting measures and a curtailment of extravagance and corruption, but we cannot remain silent when His Majesty is being treated in this manner,” he said.

Gwala said they were shocked to find out that bursaries for the king’s children will be reduced and that his grandchildren will not benefit.

“There is also serious concern about the dilapidated state of the royal residences due to a lack of maintenance and renovation. One would remember that during the time of the KwaZulu government the status of His Majesty was held in high esteem but now royalty in KZN is being trampled upon by the Office of the Premier,” he said.

The Witness recently reported that the provincial auditor-general’s annual report, which covered the reporting period of 2014/15, showed that the “Royal Household Expenses” ­included R263 000 spent on groceries, R293 000 on cellphone costs, R4.2 million on events, R818 000 on ­education, R1.5 million for a “Stipend to Royal Family”, and R628 000 on ­travelling expenses.

The Office of the Premier was not immediately available for comment.

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