Blow to Dlamini's kingship bid

2009-10-01 20:09

Durban - Prince Melizwe Dlamini's kingship bid suffered a major blow on Thursday when six amakhosi of his clan pledged their loyalty to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Dlamini of the Nhlangwini clan wants to be declared king and be accorded the same status as Zulu monarch Zwelithini.

Speaking during a Durban press briefing attended by Zwelithini, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube, six amakhosi said they did not support Dlamini's kingship bid.

The briefing was held after a marathon meeting called to discuss Dlamini's recent mobilisation to attain kingship.

Took bid to court

On Tuesday, Dlamini was in the North Gauteng High Court to force the Moleleki Commission to finalise his application to be declared king.

The court ruled in Dlamini's favour. The court ordered that the findings of the commission be released in three months.

The commission was appointed by former president Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to probe traditional leaders' disputes.

Inkosi Jericho Jozana said Dlamini did not consult them before he made his kingship claim.

"What he is doing is out of order. We fully support the Zulu king and we do not support what Dlamini is doing."

No media questions allowed

Buthelezi and Zwelithini did not speak during the press briefing. The media was also not allowed to ask them questions.

Mkhize said the briefing was for the Nhlangwini clan leaders to voice their views on Dlamini's bid.

He said the Dlaminis were descendents of the allies of King Shaka and that they did not have disputes with the Zulu kingdom.

Dlamini was not immediately available to comment.