Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has announced a partnership with lobby group AfriForum to oppose land expropriation without compensation.
AfriForum's CEO says he also had a meeting with the king where they discussed issues including land.
Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association spokesperson Carl Niehaus was representing "his own jacket" when he apologised on behalf of the ANC, the party's head of elections Fikile Mbalula has said.
King Goodwill Zwelithini has taken a jibe at the ANC-led government saying that the expropriating of land administered by the Ingonyama Trust Act is tantamount to "spitting on our forebears".
Deputy President David Mabuza has sung the praises of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, saying that he has denounced many wrongs in society.
Parliament is "gravely concerned" by what it deems "personal attacks" by the Ingonyama Trust on former president Kgalema Motlanthe, in his former capacity as chairperson of a high-level panel on key legislation.
The government of KwaZulu-Natal says it will engage with national government after a high-level panel recommended that the Ingonyama Trust, which administers 2.8 million hectares of land on behalf of King Goodwill Zwelithini, be dissolved.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is seeking legal guidance following the leaking of a recorded MiWay Insurance conversation, while a parliamentary portfolio committee has called for action to be taken against the company.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is trying to uphold the status of the royal family by using three renovated government houses in Ulundi to accommodate his international visitors, his spokesperson says.
The release of a report into Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s alleged xenophobic statements will be delayed, the South African Human Rights Commission says.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to exempt nearly three million hectares of royal land from the government's redistribution plans.
MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus says Fikile Mbalula has unnecessarily caused controversy around his attendance at a special imbizo called by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini this week.
The party says it has not yet formulated a view that is either in favour of or against calls for the Ingonyama Trust Act to be repealed as recommended by a panel led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe.
Traditional leaders in KwaZulu-Natal have resolved to approach the courts for clarity on the powers of the Zulu king and the government in terms of land.
King Goodwill Zwelithini's concerns about recommendations that the Ingonyama Trust Act be repealed or amended will be discussed at presidential level, Deputy President David Mabuza has promised.
King Goodwill Zwelithini has vowed to protect the Ingonyama Trust and is calling on Zulus to join him in the fight.
King Goodwill Zwelithini says former president Jacob Zuma's decision to resign was a sign that he was a hero and did not indicate cowardice.
The office of Zulu Monarch is considering taking legal action against MiWay Insurance following the leaking of a recorded conversation with Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has apparently lent credence to a desperate, last-ditch campaign by Eastern Cape royals to convince President Jacob Zuma to give abaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo a presidential pardon.
Lawyers for Human Rights has condemned King Goodwill Zwelithini’s "unwillingness to cooperate" with the group investigating last year’s xenophobic attacks in Durban.
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