Zwelithini too broke to buy groceries - report

2014-12-07 13:19

Pietermaritzburg - King Goodwill Zwelithini is reportedly so broke that he cannot even buy groceries for his household that includes six wives and 27 children.

According to the Sunday Times, the king, who gets R54.2m a year from government, will now have to be further bankrolled by the KwaZulu-Natal government.

The Royal Household Trust was allocated R54.2m for the 2014/15 financial year but - according to Judge Jerome Ngwenya the chairperson of the trust - the king is now facing a financial crisis.

Ngwenya said in addition to not being able to buy groceries, the trust is unable to pay school fees for the king’s children next year.

Ndabezinhle Sibiya, spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said the provincial leader had ordered a report into the financial state of the trust. He would not however comment any further.

This comes less than a month after Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa pulled the plug on construction of a R300m cultural precinct near Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Enyokeni Palace in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Forensic investigation

The Sunday Independent reported at the time that Mthethwa had also ordered a forensic investigation into the entire project and into the department.

This followed on his move to suspended Arts and Culture director-general Sibusile Xaba in October following the outcomes of auditor general Kimi Makwetu’s audit report into the department, which showed increased irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in the year since Xaba was appointed.

Sapa reported in May that the first phase of the construction of the cultural village at Nongoma was expected to take up to 18 months to complete.

Department spokesperson Mogomotsi Mogodiri said at the time: “It should be noted that the development and infrastructure is not only for the king, but the Zulu nation as a whole.”

The development was expected to involve upgrading the existing pavilion and paved walkways, as well as sleeping areas and ablution facilities for the 30 000 Zulu maidens who attend the reed dance each year.

This is in addition to the planned building of Zwelithini’s eighth palace - at Emakhosini Valley in northern KwaZulu-Natal - that will boast nine thatched “beehive huts” arranged in a circle with a central cattle enclosure.

  • Yvonne Pietersen - 2014-12-07 13:29

    Everything for Free - He must start collecting his own money, why must my tax go to a zulu king and his huge family

      Andy - 2014-12-07 13:51

      His Zulu subjects can pay monthly subs.

      Tanya Dixon - 2014-12-07 14:13

      Shocked to learn that I as a taxpayer subsidises this outdated figurehead so many millions. The only money I want to spend further on him is for a vasectomy. Down with any form of monarchy, this is the 21st century people

      Koos Luerre - 2014-12-07 16:28

      Shame. Our hearts go out to this breeding machine sperm factory tax payer's parasite, while sitting in his ML500 in the garages of the palaces that were built with my money...

      Thomas More - 2014-12-07 20:07

      Why does he need money? It is a western thing!!

      Washie Munjanga Ibn Makumbe - 2014-12-07 23:34

      I thought you guys call yourselves Africans so shape up or ship out....Everyone hail the king..Bayethe! !!!!

      Michael Temba Pedro Nxumalo - 2014-12-08 02:44

      KZN belongs to him and his subjects and they must pay for his upkeep, if you happen to live in KZN you must pay up or leave the area. The choice is yours. The first plane is ready to take you anywhere

      Zubeida Mahomed - 2014-12-08 06:26

      Exactly Yvonne!!!!!!

      Susan Pretorius - 2014-12-08 06:54

      Cry me a river....

      Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-12-08 07:58

      I agree. Our entire complex could live for longer than a year on that kind of money.

      Annemarie Basson - 2014-12-08 08:58

      @ Washie, you washed out scum of the earth. Go climb back into the tree where you belong, you blithering idiot.

      Joseph Shange - 2014-12-08 09:12

      I am pretty jealous that he is getting to have so much sex aswell. Most of us men have to live with twice a week.

      Torque Samuel - 2014-12-08 11:01

      i like the feathers

      Jonathan Doeman - 2014-12-08 11:04

      If you are struggling to buy groceries with R5.4 million a month then you are doing it wrong. Even if he kept R1 million a month for himself, he could still give his wives and children R133 000 each a month. The gravy train needs to be derailed.

      Chez Kri - 2014-12-08 12:10

      @Washie. He has gold plated taps in his bathrooms while his "subjects" continue to live in abject poverty. Gold plated taps doesn't sound very "African" to me!

      Kallie Cronje - 2014-12-08 12:18

      Michael temba,why calling yourselve Michael,it is a western name.

      Dhavandran Palavar - 2014-12-08 12:40

      just last week his calvacade passed me on the way to Eshowe. where ever there was a space in those mercs and suv's there was shopping bursting to pop out. now he pleads poverty. why wed so many wives? why are us taxed to death citizens be burdened with his extravagance ? if anything he should be leading the way to living within budgets just as we are told to do.

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2014-12-08 12:47

      how can one family not survive on R 55 million a year ?????? thats over R 4 million rand a month !!!!!! not only did they not earn it, but the taxpayers are GIVING it to them. why???? what a crock!!!

      Ngwato Wa Ga Monakedi - 2014-12-08 13:15

      Money you never worked for,shame!

      Victor Singaram - 2014-12-08 13:51

      National airline stuffed, SABC stuffed, ESKOM Stuffed, POST OFFICE stuffed and the grand finale ZULU kingdom stuffed .......

      Rob Martin - 2014-12-08 15:33

      Build a Palace but cant afford groceries.. don't worry the taxpayer shall fund.

      Michael Temba Pedro Nxumalo - 2014-12-08 17:34

      @yvonne- before you grudgingly voice your opinion about tax, you must understand the spanish word REAL which means royal, like "la familia real"- the royal family. The royal family owns the land, and the king subdivides the land among his subjects for habitation but the land belongs to the king and the subjects pay a fee every year, in the form of a commodity or currency, for a piece of land. That is where terms like "REAL ESTATE" come from, which means royal land.Now coming from Godknowswhere, you want to change the royal tax.JUMP INTO A POOL OR SOMETHING.

      Jacob Zumaasak - 2014-12-08 20:04

      Does this king pay taxes to SARS? I know for sure if i was to be given R54 million FOR FREE ANNUALLY, SARS would be ON my ass asking for half of it FOR FREE.

      Koos Barnardo - 2014-12-08 20:32

      Washie and Michael Temba. spoken like true peasants and that is why Africa will forever remain the continent of losers. This parasite makes no contribution to progress in SA. Now I am waiting for the comments about Brittian's royalty. Bring it on. It is not the same thing.

      Clint Warren - 2014-12-09 03:53

      He must start learning to do more with less.

      Clint Warren - 2014-12-09 03:57

      Michael Temba - you are a confused little boy.

      Sean Wolf - 2014-12-09 14:51

      Africa is a sick place , run by some sick people ..... Yet the idiots keep on voting for them !! Born to suffer !!

      Sean Wolf - 2014-12-09 14:51

      @Washie Munjanga Ibn Makumbe - Dumb idiot !!

  • Everton Bouwer - 2014-12-07 13:29

    If this is true,the Zulu nation must rally together and provide for the Monarch.It is a priviledge to have a King of one's nation.He must be taken care of by his subjects.There is no way he can go hungry over the festive season!

      nandipha.pepu - 2014-12-07 13:48

      If his subjects still believe in monarchy and are happy with him as their king, then they should support him.

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-07 16:14

      I do agree that his subjects should rally to aid him now. In the long run though, the King needs to also provide for his subjects. I'm not too sure that he has been a good enough King

      Clive Pops - 2014-12-07 16:32

      Well yes Everton. R54m pa can only buy so much, hey?

      Nonhlanhla Mhlongo - 2014-12-07 23:03

      Hell No!

      Michael Temba Pedro Nxumalo - 2014-12-08 02:46

      his subjects are doing just that but the ANC govt in the province is misusing the funds, to allocate to something else

      John Smith - 2014-12-08 12:15

      I agree Everton. if every Zulu gives ten percent of his income the monarch will be just fine!!!

      Jeff Rich Horn - 2014-12-08 13:08

      Are you really stupid?

      Michael Temba Pedro Nxumalo - 2014-12-09 12:18

      His subjects do provide for him, but we have sojourners in our land, KZN,the non-zulus STAYING FOR FREE.

      Riëtte Nöthling - 2014-12-10 14:55

      @ michael, no-one lives for free in this country, especially not the overtaxed minority. If he so much deserves to live in luxury, let them work for it. Surely R54mil a year can build a decent hospital, upkeep Eskom to prevent load shedding, and a million other things, things we are paying for, not for this loafer to sponge on us!

  • Rollingstone Brown - 2014-12-07 13:31

    my fooot im not a Zoolu but why use my tax to pay for sex predators and poligamists of the zoolu tribe

      David Thegiantslayer - 2014-12-07 18:47

      You certainly are paying for the top zoolu - your highness, the presidente. So it has to rub off on his minions, now doesn't it.

  • Tiyani Maluleke - 2014-12-07 13:32

    R52m a year????? South Africa...alive with possibilities indeed!

      nona - 2014-12-07 16:04

      Yeah, if His Majesty saves wisely, in 5 years he would have saved enough to build his own "Nkandla" - complete with a fire pool.

  • Celestene Bosch - 2014-12-07 13:34

    Priorities not sorted. Wants to build 8th palace but can't buy groceries? Oh, and if you can't feed them, don't breed them. 27 children? 6 wifes? Eish, these Zulus. Is he competing with Zuma for the bigger family?

      Richard Cypher - 2014-12-09 11:38

      The government should rather give him bags full of condoms.

  • amadeus.geldenhuys - 2014-12-07 13:34

    Does not have money left from his meagre R54m/year to buy food but he can procreate! No food for this parasite

  • Mike Mike - 2014-12-07 13:35

    This is all lie,the statement should read that he is too rich and ignorant

  • Mandiky Marwala - 2014-12-07 13:35

    Can some1 tell me y he get R54 m a year

      Raymond Van Den Brink - 2014-12-07 13:57

      Because the ANC know how to waste money and buy votes.

      Emone Nomore - 2014-12-07 14:22

      Because he does not work and he has many wives to keep happy.

      Kevin Marsh - 2014-12-07 15:25

      You voted the ANC in . Live with the consequences or grow up and vote DA

      Robert Moore - 2014-12-08 12:45

      eish baaba...because it's REMA DARKIE.....sjoe.

  • Desmond Roos - 2014-12-07 13:35

    so what is the point

  • Amelia Goodwin - 2014-12-07 13:36

    Bloody fine cheek!!! If poor pensioners have to get through the month on their measly pension then you deserve to have no groceries. You scavenger.

  • Murray Van Zyl - 2014-12-07 13:36

    Just another locust on the pay roll. Eating and destroying everything in his path. If he cannot live on 54 million a year then I say he must find a job. And his six wives and his hoard of lazy good for nothing money grabbing children must find jobs too.

  • Mashai Joannes - 2014-12-07 13:37

    He was born broke and nothing wrong with him maintaining the status quo.of what significance does the zulu king contribute to the rconomy of the nation.jst like his kinsman (JZ) he continues to rape south africans off their monies.the point is ,no taxpayers money mst be used to satisfy his extravagant lifestyle.if he fails to make use of the little he gets,then jst like majority of south africans who are drowning in hunger,he too mst face the consequences of the failing economy or( his zulu subjects mst provide for him n not all south africans.)

  • JMaree - 2014-12-07 13:37

    Imagine the outcry if R300m of taxpayers money was used exclusively for the Afrikaner nation...

      Wim De Villiers - 2014-12-07 20:28

      No Steven not "got"...rather worked for it.

  • Riaan Albertus Botha - 2014-12-07 13:37

    Not my King, not MY problem

      David Frandsen - 2014-12-08 12:16

      It is your problem because he is spending your tax money!!

  • Natasha Botes - 2014-12-07 13:39

    bayete king Goodwill

  • Tinyiko Novaci - 2014-12-07 13:43

    Yah neh! Life in Africa is ..........!

  • Bheki Nkosi - 2014-12-07 13:44

    news 24 of lies

      Revelgen - 2014-12-07 13:48

      Bheki, suggest you go and read today's Sunday Times. You'll get the full details about this useless, polygamist parasite there. And no, they aren't 'lies', simply the truth. Hard to face, eh?

      Emone Nomore - 2014-12-07 14:24

      Bheki, face up to reality. The King has wasted tax payers money for too long now. Time to cut the purse strings and let him and his LARGE family fend for themselves, just like everybody else.

      The Anthony With Brains - 2014-12-08 00:50


  • Domingos Faustino Kamanya - 2014-12-07 13:45

    U r rite.( salute)

  • Jimbob - 2014-12-07 13:46

    Similar utility profile to a sand bag in the desert.

  • selbysello.rasoesoe - 2014-12-07 13:49

    Maybe some of his money shrunk or got burnt. A cool R 54 million a year budget should be more than enough for his family.

      Johan Kieser - 2014-12-12 20:55

      he could live more than well on R500000 as he pay for noting - all on a plate.

  • selbysello.rasoesoe - 2014-12-07 13:49

    Maybe some of his money shrunk or got burnt. A cool R 54 million a year budget should be more than enough for his family.

  • Domingos Faustino Kamanya - 2014-12-07 13:50

    Ayt.nw they hv to use our tax money to bankroll him.(shaking head).y government y

  • george.bennie - 2014-12-07 13:52

    How do you spend R54m to the point of bankruptcy?

      Johan Kieser - 2014-12-12 20:57

      Very good question. I live on less than R20thou a month - R54mil? it is outrageous and I must still contribute towards his fat backside - to hell with him

  • JBones - 2014-12-07 13:52

    If he uses some of his land to plant crops he should be able to feed his family, if the proposed development was to include a cattle kraal, there is another source of food. Unless, the cattle is kept to pay lobola for the next set of wives.

      fransvisserdsb - 2014-12-08 10:18

      The scary thing is that the Ngonyama trust owns approximately 60% of the arable land in KZN. The trust rents out land to the local people at a very low rental, all just doing subsistence farming. If the land was put to good commercial farming use, it would be a huge contributor to the SA economy.

      Johan Kieser - 2014-12-12 21:00

      ask him to bend over to plant something and he falls head fist into the mud and his fat paunch stuck like a ten ton truck. He is useless burden but thinks he is Zulu king.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-12-07 13:53

    Doesn't the KwaZulu Natal government need that money to help the people?. In other words the King wants his huge income and he and his family must be fed by the taxpayers too?. The cheek of the man.

  • Barrie Barnardt - 2014-12-07 13:53

    Of course he is - spends ad lib knowing the taxpayer's fiscus will bail him out! Just like his cousin Zuma.

  • Xhantilomzi Amos - 2014-12-07 13:53

    Long live the king.......HEhehehehe

  • gina.swart.5 - 2014-12-07 13:53

    Oh boo hoo...what happened to the R54.2 million he got from the government?? Let them starve...

      Perter Damingo - 2014-12-08 07:04

      @MTPN and so do you relive yourselves in the streets in front of women and children

      Mustang Man - 2014-12-08 13:13

      Michael Themba... such a smart comment. You must be the brains in your tribe...

  • Marius Lacante - 2014-12-07 13:56

    Pay back the money !!

  • Thomas Mtontsi - 2014-12-07 13:57

    54m÷34people÷12= each month every person gets about a R132 000. I don't understand this. They just want more

  • Leo Les - 2014-12-07 13:57

    what kind of grocery?? meaning a whole lamb or one cow each day? he's the probably the most paid so called king for nothing let him go to hell who cares sies tog

      Thulani Shange - 2014-12-08 08:05

      If Zulus are nothing than I AGREE WITH U RACIST

      Oswald Tonkin - 2014-12-08 12:08

      Thulani Leo can not be a racists he does not look white. He also just realize your king and president don't worry about anything but themselves, people around their palaces are starving and they eat like pigs.

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2014-12-07 13:58


  • Robin Oelofsen - 2014-12-07 13:59

    Whats his address? Let me send him a box of tissues...

  • mikeatelquip - 2014-12-07 14:00

    King of thieves

  • Henry Collins - 2014-12-07 14:00

    R4,516,666.00 per month.

  • Patrick Massey-Hicks - 2014-12-07 14:02

    Who cares? I also can't afford groceries. I'm a minority in sa, known as a taxpayer, losing a chunk of my salary every month to a corrupt government, and paying twice as much as I should for things like electricity so that those who are too lazy and think they are entitled can get everything for free

  • Hlekanezitha Nxumalo - 2014-12-07 14:02

    His 27 children must go and work, we all have to work to satisfied our needs, they think they were born to get things for free no!

      Hlekanezitha Nxumalo - 2014-12-07 14:18

      Maureen actually we don't need these useless traditional leaders in a democratic country, they are like pastors who enriched themselves while the people on the ground are starving!

      Nonhlanhla Mhlongo - 2014-12-07 23:08

      My sentiments exactly! Nxumalo

      Michael Temba Pedro Nxumalo - 2014-12-08 02:59

      @Mhlongo, @NXUMALO- Guys remember your roots.

      Lionel De Frontignac - 2014-12-08 05:41

      Well said; this guy even claims he was god appointed! Meanwhile it was simply a case of Zibhebu losing in the civil war...

      Alan Kennedy - 2014-12-08 13:28

      Yep, and he and all the traditionalists are the real reason so many black folk still don't have title to land - hard to prise it out of the hands of the parasitic "chiefs" and "kings", easier to blame Boertjie

  • Kagiso Booi - 2014-12-07 14:02

    It's time you get a job your highness!

      drik.hoskin - 2014-12-07 14:10

      What! Work? You gotto be kidding Kagiso. That is what you and I are there for.

      Johan Kieser - 2014-12-12 21:01

      He has no idea what job means - he is cabbage from top to toe.

  • Patrick Massey-Hicks - 2014-12-07 14:03

    Who cares? I also can't afford groceries. I'm a minority in sa, known as a taxpayer, losing a chunk of my salary every month to a corrupt government, and paying twice as much as I should for things like electricity so that those who are too lazy and think they are entitled can get everything for free

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2014-12-07 14:03

    I didn't even bother reading the whole story because this is STUPIDITY at its best.

      Pumza Maseti - 2014-12-07 16:34

      Seriously why would you?This is becoming ridiculous.

  • Alf Hill - 2014-12-07 14:03

    That is the problem with spendii money you do not earn.

  • Celestene Bosch - 2014-12-07 14:08

    I know of at least 2 Zulu's that cannot work on a budget, Zuma overspent Millions on Nkandla, Zwelithini can't buy food. Eish, standard 3 maths...

      Antony John - 2014-12-08 09:52

      Budget is a western thing...

  • Patrick Winter533 - 2014-12-07 14:08

    Well he can stand in the grant queue and claim for his 27 children and then spoil himself to a not so 'streetwise two'.

  • Clive Brink - 2014-12-07 14:10

    The King must perhaps stop making children and remember he is only King of the Zulu's. It is unfair that people that are not of his dominion pay for his excessive lifestyle and extravagance.

  • Nonhlanhla Ngcobo - 2014-12-07 14:10

    What is he doing with so much money if he can't afford to buy groceries. State need to decrease his salary bcos he misusing it.

      Nonhlanhla Mhlongo - 2014-12-07 23:12

      Not just decrease but get him off the pay-roll. as for you Fana sticks and stones! you are nothing but a small minded miserable excuse for a human being. you don't have enough brain cells in that head of yours that's why you resort to cussing. No we will not stoop to your level

  • Muridana - 2014-12-07 14:15

    He must get a job

  • Nkululeko Dube Ka M'sobeli - 2014-12-07 14:16

    How the f#ck can u have 6 wives thats bulls#%t under the guise of culture.... When are pole going to b civilised

  • Brian Oh Bryan - 2014-12-07 14:16

    ask Khulubise Zuma for some of his food..surely jes got more than enough..seen his gerth lately

  • Dennis John Crossman - 2014-12-07 14:18

    Perhaps he should stop getting married. Normally you only take a wife if you can afford it. Oh sorry the tax payer can pay

  • Ralph Gley - 2014-12-07 14:19

    Hez Job is to make kids and soo many wives. Governments job is to pay for such lifestyle. African culture is beautiful but not this crap we seeing here