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Game of kings: The road to Misuzulu kaZwelithini’s crowning ceremony as Zulu king

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Disputed Zulu nation’s new king, Misuzulu kaZwelithini. Photo: Jabulani Langa
Disputed Zulu nation’s new king, Misuzulu kaZwelithini. Photo: Jabulani Langa

An application lodged at the Supreme Court of Appeal by King Zwelithini’s wife, Sibongile Dlamini-Zulu and her two daughters, Ntandoyenkosi Zulu and Ntombizosuthu Zulu-Dama threatens to overshadow Misuzulu kaZwelithini’s traditional crowning ceremony as Zulu king.

The Supreme Court of Appeal granted the queen and her daughters leave to appeal against a judgment handed down by Deputy Judge President Mjabuliseni Isaac Madondo, which dismissed the queen’s initial application to having 50% of the late Zulu king’s estate set aside for her.

In essence, Dlamini-Zulu sought to have Zwelithini’s marriages to his five other wives declared invalid, forcing half of his royal assets to be allocated to her as the first wife. In his ruling, Madondo said the queen had failed to clearly outline that she wanted to invalidate the other marriages of the late king.

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