Those with opinions on king's succession should show respect - Zulu royal family

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  • The Zulu Royal family has again asked for space to deal with the succession of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini.
  • Prince Buthelezi said that so-called experts and academics should refrain from speaking publicly on the matter.
  • Prince Buthelezi said that speculation in the media could create conflict.

The Zulu Royal family have again asked for space to mourn the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini, saying that conjecture from experts and academics was disrespectful.

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi said on Tuesday that while the royal household has kept the public informed, "... every step of the way on matters related to the king's succession", there was still speculation in the media.

"There is a continued stream of pontification and speculation through the media by academics and apparent experts on what might be happening within the Royal Family.

"This has the capacity, wittingly or unwittingly, to create conflict and disquiet. The Royal Family therefore asks again to be given the space to mourn. We appeal to those who have opinions on the matter of succession to show respect for the late king and for the grieving family, and to refrain from stirring up speculation."

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Buthelezi said they were dealing with "all necessary matters" and processes.

"It is preferable, however, that this process be accomplished without the unnecessary distress of misleading conjectures."

This is not the first time the Zulu royal house has asked for space. During Zwelithini's illness, they also called for calm and after his death, Buthelezi lamented the need for the royals to deal with succession behind closed doors.

Since then, however, media reports have been rife with speculation as to who would succeed the longest-serving monarch.

The Zulu Royal Family last week confirmed that Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu would act as Regent of the Zulu nation during the interregnum.

King Goodwill Zwelithini's will was read by his lawyers in the presence of more than 200 members of the royal family.

Zwelithini died from Covid-19 related complications on 12 March following a prolonged stay in hospital to treat his diabetes condition.

Thousands descended on the Royal residence KwaKhethomthandayo to pay their respects to Zwelithini after his passing.

He was the longest serving monarch ramping up nearly 50 years of rule, taking up the position in his early 20s.

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