Zulu king wants R18m for more palaces

2012-09-05 07:42

Pietermaritzburg - King Goodwill Zwelithini has asked the KwaZulu-Natal government for R18m to build new property, including a R6m palace for his sixth and youngest wife.

He also wants R12m to build a new house at the Nyonkeni Palace.

Queen Zola KaMafu, who has two children with the king, is living with his eldest wife Queen Sibongile KaDlamini.

She made headlines back in 2004 as a 14-year-old when she accompanied the king to the opening of the legislature.

At the time, stunned spectators and provincial legislature members watched in amazement as the teenager sat quietly, separated by four royal officials from Zwelithini, who was then 56.

Wishes can’t just be granted

The king’s request was tabled before the Premier and Royal Household Portfolio Committee in the legislature on Tuesday.

The chief financial officer for the royal household, Mduduzi Mthembu, said they wanted these items to be included in next year’s budget.

However, it is not a matter of the king’s wishes just being granted, especially in light of the household’s past record of over-expenditure.

The portfolio committee has set aside time later this month to scrutinise the request and question the royal household on their motivation for wanting more money.

Until then, even the opposition parties are reserving their comments.

KZN DA leader Sizwe Mchunu said he did not want to prejudge the report and it would be presumptive of him to comment at this stage.

The Congress of the People leader in the Legislature Lucky Gabela said members of the committee would apply their minds and express their views at the correct time.

The IFP was not present at the portfolio committee meeting on Tuesday. However, in the past it has questioned the role of the Royal Household Trust, which was set up in 2009 to generate income to help towards the Zulu royals’ expenditure.

Building more palaces

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

Chairperson of the Royal Household Trust, Judge Jerome Ngwenya, said the trust was still in a transitional phase and would hopefully be in a position to build and maintain palaces in the future.

He said the trust, which started operating in 2010, would meet the provincial department of the royal household on Friday to iron out “certain matters”, including the duplication of duties.

He added that the trust was committed to its mandate to make the royal household self-sustainable and reduce dependence on the state. “Hopefully we will be building palaces in the future,” Ngwenya said.

  • pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-09-05 07:48

    Who are these people?

      tebza.ngoatoana - 2012-09-05 07:53

      Like really now?? Royal what?? - 2012-09-05 07:58

      Well you've come to the right place - South Africa, where money is free ... and the people are not!

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-05 08:09

      How can you justify this parasitic behaviour in this day and age? This government with its "traditional" institutions are really really sickening.

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-09-05 08:18

      He is a fat joke!

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-09-05 08:20

      What boggels my brain is a Traditional mud hut can not be that expensive or is he now westernizing himself then in that case GET a job!!

      alexander.muller.16718979 - 2012-09-05 08:21

      She was 14y and he was 56?! He should be in prison, not living in a palace!

      JaredVN - 2012-09-05 08:24

      Here's a thought, "your majesty" - get off your lazy a..rse and go and get a job. Stop being a useless parasite. You are an irrelevant nobody as it is.

      mongwadi - 2012-09-05 08:28

      Hey "King" if you look deep in your ass you might find R18m maybe even more

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-05 08:31


      francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-05 08:42

      Here is Zuma and Goodwill's policy for the poor: "[Insert rude word here] the poor!"

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-05 08:45

      The Rich and Idle we demand we want we will get fraternity.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-05 08:59

      What exactly does this guy do? What is his contribution to society?

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-05 09:08

      A King in a democracy? What a joke! Go and find a job you pr$ck! The tax payers don't owe you a cent!

      Pulverturm - 2012-09-05 09:19

      He's a 56 year old Paedophile who gets away with having sex with little girls under the guise of tradition! Apparently the law on statutory rape doesn't apply when you're above the law...

      alan.jerrold - 2012-09-05 09:27

      Excuse me, is this 2012 or 1812? Am I in a time warp?

      bond.ndalo - 2012-09-05 09:30

      I am totaly finish

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-09-05 09:34

      Are we allowed to say F*** Zwelithini on News24??

      Jellyarse - 2012-09-05 09:39


      junebugg.kinte - 2012-09-05 09:48

      Two biggest liabilities in South Africa, Jacob Zuma and Zwelithini...

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-09-05 12:26

      the sickening thing is that out government is really entertaing this useless knobkerries request.

      rodney.currie.79 - 2012-09-05 13:28

      Oh well, at least we know why fuel went up .93cents

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-05 17:06

      If Zuma approves the citizens millions to go to King Korn then He will win more votes from KZN in Mangaung. If He does not He looses the votes. So I guess He will approve because He values power more than what is morally and economically just. KZN is screwing the country hard. Paying for stadium tickets, billion rand library, Zumaville, King's larvish lifestyle, JZ and KZ kids and wives support. Oh no! What more?

      Vince.York - 2012-09-05 20:39

      slowly ohhh so slowly people are awakening to the fact that black royalty have laid siege to the public funds under a thin guise of democracy INCLUDING even the mandela dynasty that opened the coffers for the xhosa-nostra plunder before this zulu brigand managed to force their foot firmly in the door when they assaulted mbeki - and these zulu's won't stop even when there is nothing left!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU VOTED FOR THIS and will accept teh following last vestiges of democracy being shredded too. This is the MOST insidious destruction of democracy in SA ever but so subtle and quietly done that eve the ConCourt elders that should object strenuously are silent

      anton.coetzee.37 - 2012-09-06 07:14


      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-06 10:44

      Dear Goodwill Zwelithini With the utmost respect, please go F yourself. Sincerely, South African Tax Payers

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-09-06 19:34

      max.reyneke I agree! This is unacceptable, and has no place in our democratic society, however, in this day & age, what is the difference between the African King and the Royal Family in England? Would love to hear.

      Vince.York - 2012-09-06 19:38


      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-09-06 23:21

      @tasnee - here's the difference - The Royal family brings in close to £500 million every year in tourism for the country. The cost to the British Public of keeping the Royal Family is £35million a year. The UK has a population of 62 million people, so the cost to the taxpayer of the Royal Family is 62p per person per year, so financing the royal family per taxpayer literally cost less than 1 British Pound Sterling per person. • The United Kingdom has a strong and stable economy and growth. • The country is better off because of the monarchy. • The Royal family contributes to the British economy. • The Royal Family bar the Queen pay tax in the ordinary way. The royal family is in fact also recognized as royalty by many nations, Antigua, Barbuda, Australia, Canada, Belieze, Granada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, etc. The Royal family not only serves a purpose to the UK, but to many parts of the entire world. SO WHAT HAS KING GOODWILL ZWELITHINI DONE FOR SA LATELY?

      louw.pretorius.54 - 2012-09-07 12:42

      If it is acceptable to the Zulus, let them pay for this.

      orania.betaenduro - 2012-10-24 08:20

      What in the world is going on here? Want want want . Hell man go and wok for the money.

      Themba Mvelase - 2014-05-23 13:42

      Which people

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-05 07:53

    That shouldnt be a problem for a good mate of JZ, especially before Mangaung.

      erich.goosen - 2012-09-05 09:20

      Instead of allocating more money to this Dinosaurus, why don't KZN Government charge an entry fee for the public to view this circus.

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-09-05 11:29

      That's what friends are for in this country!!

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-05 15:15

      Why has zuma got half a stocking on his nut?

  • Michael - 2012-09-05 07:53

    good luck with that

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-09-05 07:54

    This is absolutely ridiculous for the king to request this money to enhance is already inflated lifestyle. No matter what the culture is KZN is one of the poorest rural provinces and requests for more money should not be considered. How many houses could this build for the needy? Bear in mind this is taxpayer money.

  • russell.l.tait - 2012-09-05 07:54

    I mean WTF......the roads are potholed people are with out jobs and the hospitals are 4th world....and the cat needs a palace...!!!!!!!

      kevan.stuart - 2012-09-05 13:45

      Actually, he wants money for a palace for his 6th wife. Oh, and while we're at it, we should give him more money to build a newer palace for himself because he feels like it. And we should do this every year until he dies leaving behind wives and children who will (in their turn) need the same. Ad infinitum. What a load of crap.

      oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-09-06 20:21

      I would just like to know how the Zulus feel about this parasitic behaviour?Do they condone this nonsense?

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-05 07:54

    No! This parasite must compile his CV, go to an internet cafe, search for a job, apply and work for his and his numerous wives` upkeep

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-05 08:11

      The thing that calls himself a king is not even good enough to flip burgers at Steers but the same actually applies to the whole ANC government.

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-09-05 08:22

      his wives probably can not read nor write, they would hardly qualify for a cleaners or gardening job.

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-05 08:32

      Hmm Max - Now the anc 'steering' committee's all make sense!

      Joubs1957 - 2012-09-05 09:09

      And demand R 12500 per month salary!!!!

      james.m.wood.773 - 2012-09-05 14:17

      Well I need both a Gardner and housekeeper, not sure if they have the right qualifications though

  • dikgame.morema - 2012-09-05 07:55

    dts 2much...govrnmnt hz t apply creatv minds b4 it tuk any decision.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-05 07:55

    Douchebag! Not with my taxes go get a loan by Nedbak, life is not that easy!

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-09-05 11:36

      Unfortunately Lerato we have no say whatsoever how our tax money is siphoned away, because that is what is happening. If it is not "stolen", it is misused on misguided projects where kickbacks are the order of the day. Just look how "rich" the leaders in the so-called "Stuggle" fraternity have become. They are being rewarded in kind and kind and kind many times over, for their contribution. We are being taken for a ride, which eventually will bankrupt this country like what happened in America, Greece, Italy, Spain and Ireland.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-05 12:11

      Zondra.hoffman. Not all struggle fraternity members get kick backs. I have never seen a cent, don't want to either. But there are Robben island survivors living on the streets depending on handouts. It is only those closest to the ANC who benefit and not all have a struggle history, some blatanly lied to grab what they can.

      heibrin.venter - 2012-09-07 06:20

      @jacqui: from your post I take it you are / was an ANC supporter? If so, I'd like to know, from a white ANC supporter's viewpoint (one with struggle credentials!?) how do you justify the SA of today? Have you, or are you prepared to use the same propaganda tactics used by the ANC pre-94 to force international pressure onto the current government to change, much like what was brought to bear on the NP-led government, or don't you see the need to?? I don't want to start a fight, just want to hear your perspective?

  • stand.firm.50 - 2012-09-05 07:56

    Well if Zuma a normal peasant can do it why not a King!!!ZUMA time to go

  • mogolobaneng - 2012-09-05 07:56

    Hy is be*ok!

  • ebrahim.floris.7 - 2012-09-05 07:56

    And this ladies and gentlefolk is where the money is going,cant even believe they have the audacity to table such a request,and scrutinize what exactly?

  • robert.starke.98 - 2012-09-05 07:56

    This is bull sh@t - who does ths ar@@hole think he is !!!

  • tobydt - 2012-09-05 07:56

    As king of the Afrikaans people, I demand a R36 million annual budget. In part to build two new palaces for my royal highness in Stellenbosch and in Pretoria east. Hail to the king baby.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-05 09:26

      Hey you, Koning Sinudeity, you need to get 10 wives before getting my tax for your palaces neh :)

  • price.moyo.9 - 2012-09-05 07:57

    Does that mean the king started \dating\ this woman when she was 14? Isnt that a crime in SA?

      piet.fourie.77 - 2012-09-05 08:05

      Price , I think that our legal system is against \going futher\. It is however absurd for a man of his stature to make such a fool of himself. On the other hand , THIS IS AFRICA !

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-05 08:16

      No, he gave her some "riet" during the "rietdance" now its traditional and legal....that goes for the poor goats and sheep that were around as well.

      duane.low - 2012-09-05 08:31

      this king comes from the "bush days", there is no limit to how many woman he can marry, a right only he has???? nothing more than the extended "gravy train" this.... why not REGISTAR all his loyal subjects and take income from them?...see how fast they drop him. I for one Object to my tax money being used to make his 6 th!!! wife comfy ! and pay for the upkeep for ever??!! rather use it to build 50 decent houses for people that need it. cant believe how the black FIGHT SO HARD TO MAKE US FORGET THE PAST YET THEY DRAG THIERS WITH?

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-05 08:34

      The filthy pervert should be in jail!

  • Zahir - 2012-09-05 07:57

    He must get a job to pay for it money doesn't appear out of thin air he gets R40 million a year for sit on his fat ass

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-09-05 08:18

      His Blue light Brigade just recently murdered a taxpayer Now he wants more money!!!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-05 07:58

    I sincerely hope this request is rejected with the contempt it deserves.What an arrogant attitude to have in a time when millions are starving! Shame on you, you useless figurehead.

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-05 08:33

      well - if Zuma gae him money before for nothing, why shouldnt he also come back for more, like the rest of Africa?

  • sxp - 2012-09-05 07:59

    This king should ask his own people to pay for this crap. His houses, wives and business should not be sponsored by tax payers who do not support him and his whole system. 1st prize is to abolish all kingships immediately as they add no value but only suck money off that could be used much better.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-09-05 08:00

    These people are leeches. If you want a king, then you go and support him with your money. My taxes must be used to uplift a people who can contribute to society.

  • robert.warriner - 2012-09-05 08:00

    Like No. Get a job Mr King! Not one sodding cent should go his way. We have poor who need homes. We have schools who need books. Etc etc.

  • itumeleng.moeti.94 - 2012-09-05 08:00

    Please ladies and gentleman this is Bull Sh......, how can someone ask for 18m to maintain his life style and 6m to build a palace for the young with. Our government is useless under Zulu's because it's ruled by our president Zulu their stupid sorry if am offending anyone but it was run by Xhosa's but you never had a their ask for such amounts and who forces them to get married. bottom line he should not get the money he must just go and work for it. SA people are suffering and worse thing his community but he wants 6m for this young girl. Hell no

      phillipm.seopa - 2012-09-05 08:14

      Yeah eish this Zulus...

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-09-05 23:11

      So itumeleng, how much would the Xhosas ask for ? 17 million rand, does that seem a fair amount ? And by the way do Xhosas have a King ? Never heard of him !

      keaobaka.mokae - 2012-09-06 09:03

      Careful with the tribal chauvinism Itu. Its ironic that while the shade of trees serves as classrooms for our unfortunate children we are indifferent to some King getting R6m to build a house for his latest acquisition. I am glad that the majority of the comments denounced this practice which is just our heritage and nothing more. These are things that we should remember on Heritage day not clinging on to in these modern time. How much of budget of the British monarch comes from tax payers?

      lindani.zuma.75 - 2012-09-06 19:59

      Itumeleng, watch the tone of your divisive and tribalistic language. The "Zulu King" has been asking and given more money even during the Mbeki era. Go read about his over expenditure. His budget expenditure was concorted by the ANC to weaken the IFP leadership and support.

      velemseni.ngubane - 2012-09-07 09:36

      u getting this wrong plp,it has nothing to do with tribe so leave zulus alone and deal with stupid behaviour dt is done by ur represantatives

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-09-05 08:03

    I, too, am a King. I, too, need money to build a beach in front of my house. I, too, am here for the people.

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-09-05 11:47

      Good one Adrian! I need only 10 million to get the flipping hell out of this joke of a country!!!

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-05 17:24

      Sorry Adrian, only Zulu king can make such a request. However I wish He can make that request and get a big tsunami with it.

  • christo.bokhorst - 2012-09-05 08:05

    AND he will most probably get it, how may RDP houses can be build with R18 Mill. I Want, I want.....

  • - 2012-09-05 08:05

    I also wanna have 5m from the western cape Gov to renovate my house, it's urgend!!!

  • rudie.stoltz - 2012-09-05 08:07

    That will be the day. F...k that king. He is no king of mine.

      trix.duvenage - 2012-09-05 17:42

      LOL this country is a f-----king-joke.We ALL need help in this recession but no.....only the king and the president and the ministers can do what they like....when they like and WHERE they like. They get what the ask for and if they dont they steal what the want. Some gov departments are 'wasting/defrauding' millions and all that happens is a promise to follow up on it. AND we hear F....all about it EVER again as NOBODY needs to account for anything. We must just pay our arses off and to hell with the rest. And we are threatened if we as much as TRY to open our mouths. The f.c..n biggest joke of all is the SARS ad: "Pay your taxes......SARS your friend in need" Who in hell do they bluff??? Holy Macril..... this country is a joke..... and we all are like lambs led to be slaughtered...... Nobody even TRIES to resist....

  • themba.maseko.568 - 2012-09-05 08:08

    Oh! Come on! Bayede! We have recession, and all you can think of is a R6m palace for your sixth wife! An absolute NO!NO!NO! Actually the money the King gets should be reduced steadily over the years until the mornancy is run like a business.

  • scholesss - 2012-09-05 08:08

    he can sell his cattle....and raise that money

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-05 08:34

      Sounds like he has too many cows as it is, causing him the housing problems

  • Jacques - 2012-09-05 08:09

    Calling us a 3rd world country would be optimistic...

  • iemrahn.hassen - 2012-09-05 08:11

    What a sweet arrangement as millions in SA are below the poverty line without jobs > So sweet

  • sxp - 2012-09-05 08:11

    The "King" should get his own bank-loan and pay it of by his own honest work, like the rest of us. There can be no wisdom in any man who marries so many women and people like that should suffer from their own pocket.

      trix.duvenage - 2012-09-05 17:47

      wonder if he'll do as a gardener..... I agree with alan. He already has too many cows..... LOL

  • jan.matsetela - 2012-09-05 08:12

    u are not different to other kings this is our tax money get a job and start paying tax.

  • tshepo.g.kutumela - 2012-09-05 08:12 thr stl a relevance 4 traditional leaders/kings & queens in dis day & age? leeches & parasites, de whole lot of dem.

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-09-05 11:50

      A voice coming in from the cold! Are you actually for real? I hope you remember this comment and mind-set, when next you go to vote!

  • terrence.schwartz.1 - 2012-09-05 08:13

    Parasite!! People live under freeway bridges and use cardboard (or anything they can find) to keep warm, and guy wants to be GIVEN another palace. When that day comes......... you will have do a lot of explaining.

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-09-05 08:13

    Zuma and his thieves must pay for the lavish upkeep of this king. I am not his subject. I have my own king who is not being given the same no complaining though.

  • gvangreunen - 2012-09-05 08:13

    King of what???

      sagren.narain - 2012-09-05 09:14

      king of twat

  • jasper.booysen - 2012-09-05 08:15

    Yes - things will always be done "tomorrow" and most things are in a "transitional state" - in the mean time the moron's are wasting our tax money on an undeserved lavish live style while their underlings can hardly for the King's foresight!

  • iceman196 - 2012-09-05 08:16

    BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA is it april fools day, what a bunch of retarded morons, we are in a recession you freaking clown

  • ianthe.exall - 2012-09-05 08:18

    Does anyone in government have the guts to stand up and say "NO"?

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-09-05 11:52

      No - answer to your question!! They are all in cahoots!

      cosmic.tone.3 - 2012-09-05 13:05

      They only say "NO" to White Employment.

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-09-05 08:18

    ...and thousands of unemployed college/university graduates are asking for a simple job.

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-09-05 08:18

    Parasitic royals who just have too many children should not be allowed one cent

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-05 08:35

      er - what abour 'certain' politicians that have hordes of snotters?

  • edson.vanschalkwyk - 2012-09-05 08:19

    The worste Paedophile in the world

  • morneoosthuizen - 2012-09-05 08:19


  • nthumeni.vhobuse - 2012-09-05 08:19

    how many RDP houses can we built with that kindy of money its not like u dnt have a house ???

  • bernard.nienaber - 2012-09-05 08:19

    Is hierdie man absoluut bef@k in sy brein?

      trix.duvenage - 2012-09-05 17:53

      Nee wat hy volg bloot in sy president se voetspore. Ook maan [mens?] ook maar lus. Maar sjuuuuuuuuuut.... miskien wet hy nie van shower na die tyd nie

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-09-06 09:26

      Watse brein ?

  • hmheyman - 2012-09-05 08:19

    Millions of South Africans are living in poverty and now one guy once to Government to pay for his lavish lifestyle??? On what grounds does this guy think he has the right to ask such a huge amount from tax payers. Why does he not work for his palace and for his livelihood like the rest of us?

  • craig.drysdale.96 - 2012-09-05 08:20

    I recon you guys should change this site name to comedy central. Are you serious?

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-09-05 08:20

    The zulu community must do that for him,the only time we hear about this guy is when he is marrying or looking for money.

  • edson.vanschalkwyk - 2012-09-05 08:20

    The worste Paedophile in the world and at the legislature for that matter. I'm ashamed.

  • negry.mabasa - 2012-09-05 08:21


      stuka.nel - 2012-09-05 09:00

      @kenny...if my Zulu is correct, it basically means "go away" or "leave" me Zulu 101 is not that fantastic.

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-09-05 11:54

      If I am not mistaken this means F U.

  • senzo.mathebula - 2012-09-05 08:21


      trix.duvenage - 2012-09-05 17:55

      Vir kenny williams: Ek dink suka beteken voetsek/gaan weg/ loop/ of so iets

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-09-05 08:22

    This must be a joke right?

      trix.duvenage - 2012-09-05 17:56

      These guys dont make jokes.....ever. Ask late ET