King Goodwill Zwelithini favoured - report

2012-09-24 11:20

Johannesburg - Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini receives preferential treatment from the government over other traditional leaders, according to a report on Monday.

The Citizen reported that Traditional Leaders' Congress of SA head Phathekile Holomisa said Zwelithini was being favoured.

"The Zulu king is treated differently from the Pondo king, the Pedi king, the Ndebele king and the Venda king."

Zwelithini and his entourage recently stayed at an exclusive Durban hotel, at a reported cost of R150 000 to the taxpayer.

The Zulu king had also asked the provincial government for R18m to build new royal houses. According to The Citizen, Zwelithini also wanted R12m to build a palace for his sixth wife.

Albert Mncwango, an induna of Zwelithini's, said Holomisa should "stay out of our business" and said the implications of his complaint "smacks of racism".

"Zulus have a distinct history and pure bloodline and cannot be compared to other kings," he said.

Poverty in the province was the government's responsibility and was not Zwelithini's problem.

"If it is good for Prince Harry to splash million of pounds on luxury hotels, why is it wrong for our king to spend the night in a five-star hotel?"

  • Jacques - 2012-09-24 11:32

    Of course he's favoured- he wears the same pattern animal skin undies as Zuma. If that's not brown-nosing, nothing is...

      godfrey.welman - 2012-09-24 17:11

      Getting the Zulu king to instruct his subjects to switch votes from IFP to ANC comes at a very high price.

      mxolisi.nala - 2012-09-24 23:28

      Poverty in the province was the government's responsibility and was not Zwelithini's problem.i thought Kings in the past they were responsible of taking care of people. what a pathetic comment, this guy is retarded.these guy is just a liability. you can not compare UK and S.A you idiot!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-25 10:49

      Soon King Jacob of Zipperville will be costing us more than this guy, he is already trying to out-wife him...

      lsfreak - 2012-09-25 15:00

      I see censorship in full force here on NEWS24, posts go missing like taxs into the kittie

      lindokuhle.ayanda.9 - 2012-11-19 00:41

      get your facts straight b4 u write this, u are exposing ur stupidity.first all Zulus have one king unlike other tribes. In Eastern Cape there are 3Xhosa kings go n learn history b4 u expose your stupidity.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-09-24 11:35

    Stupid useless tribalism, this fool adds no value to this country yet he gets paid millions for doing absolutely nothing, I don't regard him as anyone of high value, just some rubbish person idiots call king.

      southafricaforeverliving - 2012-09-24 13:09

      Tau, you are like Sphiwe. This is a head of all Zulus. Though I will not comment about his demand, but hold your horses guys.

      oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-09-24 18:08

      If there was any economical benefit to having a Zulu royal family then I'd be all for it. In the UK, it has been estimated that having the royal family brings benefits in tourism. But this buffoon thinks it's his right to leech off tax payers money...

      KennySven - 2012-09-25 16:47

      Royalty? Give his Donkey a service, 200 new grass skirts and 40 new beer buckets, that's his chop. The missing link is alive and well living in Africa.

      mabheshuenkomo.thabede - 2012-09-26 13:18

      yeah yeah, after all we have been taught that everything that is not european is inferior,

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-09-24 11:37

    Who the hell cares,why don't the media and govt concentrate on the real issues at hand CRIME.

      magdaleen.smuts - 2012-09-24 21:34

      @Warren. Because the zulu king misuses tax payers money. Because the comment made smacks of tribalism. It seems you know nothing regarding african history. After all whites have been sent packing out of all the other african countries, the next was that the President of the time starts to favour his own tribe.....resulting in killing and weakening of the other tribes.

      JuliusYouPrick - 2012-09-25 14:35

      It's your money that's given to him so maybe you should wake up and start caring!!

      KennySven - 2012-09-25 16:54

      He's not a King but a KONG. Why does he never take off those Ray Bans? oops I'm sorry those are his nostrils.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-24 11:37

    \poverty a responsibility of government not traditional leaders\?? This is obviously an embarassing statement from this guy. Goverment funds have a value for money attached to it. And i wonder if in the zulu kingdom u report on how many dances and wives per annum.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-24 11:37

    \poverty a responsibility of government not traditional leaders\?? This is obviously an embarassing statement from this guy. Goverment funds have a value for money attached to it. And i wonder if in the zulu kingdom u report on how many dances and wives per annum.

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-09-24 11:38

    This man has a truly parasitic relationship with the taxpayer and it's a disgrace! Don't compare the British royal family with a Zulu king because our country's dynamics are completely different. Britain doesn't have our poverty and squatter camps, chalk and cheese. What does a Zulu king do for all south Africans aside from living off our hard earned income which provides taxes to pay another parasite.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-09-24 12:09

      As much as I don't like the royals, the British Royal family brings in billions to the UK in terms of tourism and takes millions in return. They may be out dated, but they earn their keep. This guy however, adds NOTHING.

      marc.schnehage - 2012-09-24 12:19

      You are so right! Besides, Britain is a Constitutional Monarchy. We are a republic - there are, constutionally, no monarchs in SA! Only tribal despots living off the money of others!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-24 11:38

    Eeeish ! He has found strong sangoma.

      samantha.botha.923 - 2012-09-24 11:57

      hahaha yes indeed he has .... only the best for the king

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-09-24 12:51

      Now if only he would test that voodoo against the SAPS...

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-24 11:38

    Eeeish ! He has found strong sangoma.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-09-24 11:40

    It seems completely unjust that non Zulus pay for the Zulu King, as well as paying for other kings that have absolutely no validity for them. I suggest all the traditional leaders should be entirely self-funding

  • maserah.moyo - 2012-09-24 11:41

    It seems the king with respect lives outside economic terms, without applying production possibility frontier,he is in honeymoon in the expense of his subjects

  • mthokozisi.mbele - 2012-09-24 11:42

    'Poverty is not the kings problem'...we are living in interesting times...even a king is a capitalist...cry d beloved country...

  • mthokozisi.mbele - 2012-09-24 11:44

    'Poverty is not the kings problem'...we are living in interesting times...even a king is a capitalist...cry d beloved country...

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-24 12:32

      The last royal that made a similar statement, lost her head

  • mmangaliso - 2012-09-24 11:45

    well if zuma is a zulu he must protect his king. We all knw how the \kings\ cn influence the vote

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-09-25 14:09

      Dirty tactics, and pure stupidity on the "listeners" then?

  • maserah.moyo - 2012-09-24 11:48

    Siphiwe,lm not surprised by your utterances,it is said that the difference between genius and stupidity is tha t genius has its limit, clearly sir your genius has cometo that limit expressing your opinion about the king,your historical facts are suspicious and outdated

  • ron.bilyard - 2012-09-24 11:49

    An absolute waste of tax money.

  • nic.polak1 - 2012-09-24 11:56

    This makes spending by some Canadian politicians look like chicken feed. Perhaps we should stop complaining.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-24 11:57

    Taxpayers stop whining you are allowing this get my drift.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-24 11:58

    Prince Harry splashes his own money. The Zulu King splashes ours. That's the difference. But never mind his jolly serf Jacob will be shaking the pouch and,by golly, millions will fall out. All we need is a minstrel or two and the middelages are here again.

      alivap.aliva - 2012-09-24 12:24

      What must we do we are forced by law

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-09-24 12:54

      I can think of a few things we can do...

      nadineelvina.francis - 2012-09-25 13:52

      I agree- Prince Harry,serves his subjects the public by being in The British Army. Prince William is in the British Navy. All the males of the British Royal Family have served their country in some sort of role in the army, NAVY ETC.

  • shadrack.dhlamini - 2012-09-24 12:00

    What about xhosas,tswanas nd sothos don't they hv kings.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-24 12:05

      Apparently they don't count. "Zulus have a distinct history and pure bloodline and cannot be compared to other kings,". But apparently that's not racism

      ftakalani - 2012-09-24 16:50

      Tswana and Sotho kings are not in South Africa so they cant be included in the budget of this country but only zulu, xhosa nd venda kings r within this country.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-24 18:25

      7 recognised kings of South Africa 1. AbaThembu: King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo, Eastern Cape. 2. AmaXhosa: King Zwelonke Sigcawu, Eastern Cape. 3. AmaMpondo: King Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcawu, Eastern Cape. 4. AmaZulu: King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu, KwaZulu-Natal. 5. Bapedi ba Maroteng: King Thulare Victor Thulare, Limpopo. Two kingships/queenships have also been recognized, but the Commission must still decide who the two rightful incumbents are. Those are: 1. AmaNdebele wakwaManala and AmaNdebele as a whole from the lineage of the current king Makhosonke Enoch Mabhena (Makhosonke II); of Mpumalanga; and 2. VhaVenda from the lineage of Mphephu Ramabulane of Limpopo Province.

  • zandisile.sitoyi - 2012-09-24 12:08

    OMG Albert Mncwango are u insane. how dare u make a statement like that. kanti what is the role of Kings an't they supposed to help and uplift their communities. but this shows how uncivilised u r. not supprised

  • harry.maleka.9 - 2012-09-24 12:12

    The zulus are no superior to any other tribe in mzanzi..Even their king's salary must be scaled to the level of other south african king..

  • philip.buys.1 - 2012-09-24 12:21

    Just another greedy public idiot. He is nothing of me, deserves the disrespect he is given. To me real royalty should be Nelson Mandela, an what he stood for.

      Sphiwe - 2012-09-24 12:35

      Philip you are a ass you cant compare king with an illuminati before mandela go to prison he was against white then they brain washed and bribed him in jail he came back convinced every one Zwelithini is a king do yoi understand a king and a politician

      Sphiwe - 2012-09-24 12:36

      Philip you are a ass you cant compare king with an illuminati before mandela go to prison he was against white then they brain washed and bribed him in jail he came back convinced every one Zwelithini is a king do yoi understand a king and a politician

      hsebolelo - 2012-09-24 12:51

      Sphiwe, u r a F*

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-09-24 13:02

      Sphiwe, you really need to brush up on your history. Mandela's message of peace was the only thing keeping this country from civil war. If it weren't for his peace agreement with De Klerk (for which they got a JOINT Nobel), apartheid would still be running strong. When Mandela went to jail he did hate whites (rightly so, I might add), but he found it in his heart to forgive us. While I disagree that a royal bloodline should be attributed to the Mandela name, Nelson Mandela sure deserves that level of respect.

  • sedeshan - 2012-09-24 12:22

    millions going to an absolutely useless king while we have to pay for e-toll? this is crap!

  • auratius - 2012-09-24 12:24

    What about the Khoi and San people? We never have requirements like this? What about our traditional leaders? They still live in tents and as far workers. Still we are regarded as the Noel people that originates from within South Africa

  • dominic.manyage - 2012-09-24 12:25

    Its time to support malima. The zulus also think they own SA.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-09-24 12:39

      We don't need to perpetuate any further tribalism, I think the king should pay an oxygen tax .

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-24 12:26

    Im getting tired of these tribal ways we have no need and no money to support this stupidity.. Mr Zwelitini your own people are going to kill you in the not too distant future.. because they are also getting fed up of seeing you taking their money for free..

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-09-24 12:34

    What are these so-called kings doing for their followers or South Africans. Absolutely nothing! I think it's time we as South Africans take a stand and refuse to pay our 'f*cKING' taxes.

      siphosethu.namba - 2012-09-24 14:14

      Fully agree with u man,people do not realise that the power is in their own hands. South africans please come next elections we should vote with our heads not with our hearts!

  • thapelo.teleki - 2012-09-24 12:34

    it's even worse under Zuma leadership

  • teboho.matshuleka - 2012-09-24 12:38

    'R18m to build new royal houses + R12m to build a palace for his sixth wife'. ya neh i concur, life is realy flourishing to other people here in SA.

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-24 12:44

    Because it is your king and our tax money. What about the poor? How many orphans could be fed with R150 000..and for how long? For one night stay...pathetic and self-righteous, heartless...

  • cry.mashiane - 2012-09-24 12:47

    This guy should invest his money like all the other royals are doing around the world instead of expecting our hard earned money whenever he marries nxa

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-09-24 12:48

    The R18m R12mmust be taken from Zumaville budget I do not see the need to have a king/s. what is their roles and responsibilities especially for people in urban areas ? Those who hail them must support them, not with tax payers money. Like Albert said, poverty is the responsibility of government and tax money must be used to address that poverty.

  • jaco.human.562 - 2012-09-24 12:52

    The Zulus are most probably one of the youngest tribes, being formed during the mashakane, start shuting up and stop wasting our money

      paulus.deboer.3 - 2012-09-24 16:13

      I agree about the money wasting, but are you sure of your other statement? Not maybe thinking of the mfecane, which took place during the 182-1830's? Basically Shaka united a lot of smaller Zulu clans into the Zulu nation during that period, either by force, or due to environmental pressures like drought and famine. The debate is not settled.

  • boulvy.selala - 2012-09-24 12:56

    You know it's very painful to see million rands of taxpayers money being spent on this two horny retards from KZN..! Nxah

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-24 13:22

      Not spent, merely wasted as much of it can't be accounted for

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-09-24 12:58

    Why these zulu leaders always ahead of their needs than people?

  • christian.erasmus - 2012-09-24 13:00

    He must ask the Zulu taxpayers for help....

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-24 17:08

      No Christian not from their tax but from their own pokets as tax is use to improve living conditions for everybody in RSA.

  • hulisani.dimanashango - 2012-09-24 13:01

    in this royal house of\r\nanother nation is above the other so\r\nim discusted by this government\r\nwasting state funds on one fool\r\nwearing animal skin in the 21st\r\ncentury...we dont have an emperor in\r\nthis country but kings.i understand\r\nthey are important figures when it\r\ncomes to conserving culture n\r\ntradition but that doesnt mean our\r\ntax money must b wasted on one\r\nperson who doesnt deliver service to\r\nthe people...POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!

  • Bashin Monyela - 2012-09-24 13:01

    Free loading is addictive, what self respecting man asks for hand outs?

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-24 13:21

      Seems the kings in this country should really be on the street corners with their hands stretched out

  • alain.duthoit.39 - 2012-09-24 13:02

    I thought South Africa was a Republic, we already have a head of state, if the Zulu people wish to have a King let them pay for it but don't make it an expense for the tax payer.

  • celeste.delange1 - 2012-09-24 13:03

    I didn't know we live in a kingdom. If that is the case why do they not rule? Why spend millions on having elections (rigged or not) and billions to support the lifestyles of the elected criminal idiots (politicians)?

  • Shiba BigMan Koko - 2012-09-24 13:03

    this is totally wrong, all the kings must be treated the same. which tribe doesnt hv history? this is purely preferential treatment on basis of being zulu. i am so disappointed in our current ANC leadership. We must rectify this, come Mangaung

      bonga.mbele.3 - 2012-09-24 13:19

      This preferantial treatment started way back while Mandela was president. Besides its the KZN government that pays the king not the National government. Provinces that have king must treat their kings better

      MerryMartin - 2012-09-24 13:38

      @Bonga: It is all very well saying that the KZN government pays for the king...but where do you think the KZN government gets the money from? I would not mind (so much) paying for a king who actually DID something useful for the country or province. There have already been comparisons made to the British Royal family - the glaring difference between the British Royal family and the Zulu Royal family is that the British lot WORK for their grants/stipends....have you any idea of how busy the "Senior Royals" are (in terms of generating interest in the UK, charitable works etc)? Can you please enlighten me on exactly what the Zulu king does to help the country (or, gee, let's not be too harsh here, lets make it the province)? Seems to me that apart from expecting the taxpayer to fund his lavish lifestyle, and that of his wives and children (Michaelhouse and Kearsney, was it?), he does not seem to do too much. We all have to work for a living - only to have our hard earned taxes being used to fund yet another palace, or some luxury one-nighter in a five star hotel. I think not. Let the Zulu Royal family start actually earning their keep, and I might be more inclined to support them.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-24 14:06

      No, all the so-called kings must have their slaves payong for their expensive lifestyle and many wives and children, flipping leeches

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-24 14:33

      Budget for the House of Traditional leaders is R54.715 billion for this year. This money comes from the fiscus. Kings and Queens currently earn over R900 000 a year, while other traditional leaders earn between R180 00 and R650 000 a year. Provincial authorities finance their 'other' needs. As members of the House, they do not get free cars or housing which is what ContraleSA is complaining about. They want the State to pay for their transport, palaces and hotel stays, just as is done for members of Parliament.

      Billy - 2012-09-24 16:09

      just a question about what you said; "We must rectify this, come Mangaung" are YOU personally going to be there or anyone you know? are you personally going to have an impact on what happens at mangaung? im asking because i dont understand how it works actually. but from what i have read it seems that a lot of common folks, ordinary citizens, think they someone have an input into what happens at mangaung. surely its just a show to keep everyone happy? what happens there is decided by people that drive in fancy cars and live in big houses with deep pockets. how can it possibly, truly, be beneficial for anyone other but the people in that meeting.

  • sugardick.dupree - 2012-09-24 13:05

    If only he was as evil as Queen Victoria (the evil british queen who pretty much gave the go ahead for most of Africa to be colonized), he'd be stinking by rich now.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-09-25 14:19

      ya ne you are a sugardick!

  • Mkhululi Yekani - 2012-09-24 13:08

    No no dis ppl are abusng our money ne.

  • morwawaga.selebi - 2012-09-24 13:08

    Most zulus r taxi drivers

  • Erna - 2012-09-24 13:13

    This is one way of making yourself VERY unpopular with the majority of South Africans!

  • Jaap - 2012-09-24 13:15

    He has the audacity to ask for 30 million Rand whilst many people are hungry, destitute and without food for their families! Typical, then they talk about the wrongs capitalism!

  • bonga.mbele.3 - 2012-09-24 13:16

    If anyone has a problem with the money that the King reveives form the government then I as a Zulu am happy if fifty persent of my tax is given to the royal household. Secondly all the land in KZN should be returned to the King and all property tax be given to him. how about that

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-24 13:18

      You must be joking man, but I got a better idea, how about zululand become a country of its own so the zulus can all go there and support your precious king, I have no patience for \royalty\ of any nation, bunch of blood suckers who crave attention.

      MerryMartin - 2012-09-24 13:51

      Good for you, Bonga, please feel free to give 50% of your salary to your king. We certainly won't stop you. I also have no problem with you returning YOUR piece of KZN land to your king - again, please feel free. But please don't expect the rest of us do feel the same way - I have no problem with having a King of the Zulus, providing that king earns his keep. The days of serfdom are long gone, Bonga, and Royal families, whoever they may be, must keep up with the times and earn their keep or fade quietly and inexpensively into obscurity. The taxpayers of this country have had just about enough - I am sure that most of us would not mind paying our taxes if we felt that our hard-earned money was being put to good use, like fighting crime, educating our children etc, but it is not. Everywhere we look we just see more waste, and I'm afraid the fact that the Zulu king "needs" R 30 million is just too much to swallow. I will be sure to tell His Majesty that you will be sending him your hard earned money though - I am sure he will be most grateful for your contribution.

      emmakate.rowley - 2012-09-24 20:56

      (That is just about the stupidest thing I've heard this whole year.)

      khumbudzo.budeli - 2012-09-25 01:39

      Wow, hw stupid of u t say sumthing lyk th@.

      brandon.sema.1 - 2012-09-25 22:37

      Yes we do. It is about time you understand KZN is not a country and Zwelithini is not a King of South Africa

  • nolusindiso.mkoko - 2012-09-24 13:18

    This is proof that the RICH ARE ENRICHING THEMSELVES with our own tax money and they dont give a damn about the poor...

  • jacyjays.letsoalo - 2012-09-24 13:22

    I don't get it why Zwelithini gets this much money from from our government but I am not surprised cos even Zuma does get spousal allowances for his legitimate concubines!it means the state takes care of his sexcapades and mind u these kings and chiefs some of them worked with the previous regime to further enrich themselves! The Zulus aren't the only nation in South Africa, we are also Equal and it worries me that our Kings are called Chiefs whereas this Polygamist is called King! He must go look for a Job to feed his many wives and kids

  • JamesMWood - 2012-09-24 13:25

    I would vote for any, and I mean any party if it would put a stop to such wastefull expenditure of our money.

      sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-09-24 13:30

      We seriously do not need your vote! We hv sorry but thank you.

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-24 17:54

      Hey sean, shove your attitude so far up your diirty crack that you can regurgitate it, wait you did that already

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-09-25 14:24

      sean, you don't vote you follow age old traditional superstition of the evil white man, when your leaders are the enemy. but i don't need to try and sway your mind, your conscience in the back of your head knows the truth.