Royal house of Goodwill Zwelithini requests R18mill

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The Royal Household department which caters for the needs of King Goodwill Zwelithini has requested R18 million from the provincial legislature, the Mercury reported on Wednesday.

The king has asked for R6 million to build a palace for his sixth wife, Queen Zola Mafu. He also wants R12 million to build a new house at Nkonyeni palace.

The request was tabled at a meeting of the premier and the royal household portfolio committee at the legislature in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.

The royal house receives R57.7 million from the provincial government and R62.4 million has been budgeted for the next financial year.

Chief financial officer of the department, Mduduzi Mthembu, said the departmentwanted a further R18 million over three years.

The king has six queens living in palaces in different parts of Nongoma. His sixth wife Queen Zola was living with Queen Mntombi Dlamini.

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