Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called for calm within the Zulu royal family following the death of Queen Regent Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu (65).
The queen died last week Thursday while the Zulu nation is still in the midst of a three-month mourning period following the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini (72) on March 12 due to Covid-19 complications. Dlamini-Zulu will be buried in private, amid a tug-of-war within the royal family of who should succeed Zwelithini to the throne.
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King Zwelithini left Queen Mantfombi, his third wife, as regent apparently because she was of royal blood as she was the daughter of King Sobhuza II of the Kingdom of Eswatini.
Mantfombi’s son, Prince Misuzulu, had been tipped as his father’s successor.
Dlamini-Zuma said that she hoped the matter of the succession would be resolved amicably within the family.
“I hope all matters will be resolved amicably and without tensions. As the Zulu nation, we need to stick together and pray for the royal house,” Dlamini-Zuma said.
“We have to keep our stability and dignity. When things like these happen, tensions develop and it’s better to keep them within the family,” she added.
There have been claims that a certain faction within the Zulu Royal family preferred that the late king’s brother, Prince Mbonisi, should have been appointed as regent. Prince Mbonisi has been accused of holding parallel meetings with other senior royal family members.
Zwelithini’s first wife, Queen Sibongile Dlamini (not related to Mantfomb) whom the king married in community of property, has gone to the Pietermaritzburg High Court to demand 50% of the king’s estate.
“In my case, I was brought to the home of the late Isilo through the custom of ukuthwala in order to marry the late Isilo so that in turn, he could take up the throne as the monarch of the Zulu nation. As things stand, the entire estate is owned jointly and in equal share by me and the late Isilo. This means, I own 50% of the entire estate, therefore, any attempt to dispose of the entire estate as if it was the sole property of the late Isilo is legally incompetent and impermissible,” Sibongile said in her papers.
Mantfombi will be laid to rest in a private burial on Thursday in the palace of Khangela in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal. Her memorial service will take place on Friday.