IFP: King’s trust has duplicated costs

2012-05-31 00:00

INSTEAD of controlling expenditure, the creation of the Royal Household Department had duplicated costs and government functions in managing the affairs of the Zulu royal family, the IFP has said.

It questioned the ability of the trust to raise funds to make it self-sufficient in looking after the affairs of King Goodwill Zwelithini.

The trust was established in 2009 to provide for the educational needs of the king’s children, and the running costs of his palaces, his queens’ expenses, his farms and vehicles.

Judge Jerome Ngwenya was appointed chairperson, with Nkululeko Luthuli as CEO. However, Luthuli was suspended in February following allegations of financial mismanagement of the trust’s funds.

IFP caucus leader Blessed Gwala said during a debate on the Royal Household budget of R59 million that “it appears that the setting up the trust has only duplicated both cost and government functions in the affairs of the Royal Household”.

“Before the trust’s formal establishment, the ruling party (ANC) had touted it as a way to control the Royal Household’s costs. In reality, the overall budget is more than twice what it was before the trust was established.”

Premier Zweli Mkhize said he was considering amendments to the Royal Household Trust Act to address problems identified in its implementation.

He said a study on the feasibility of repealing or amending the Royal Trust Act was currently under review.

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