KZN premier hands over six cars to the queens of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini

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The KZN government handed over six Toyota Prados to King Goodwill Zwelithini’s queens.PHOTO: supplied
The KZN government handed over six Toyota Prados to King Goodwill Zwelithini’s queens.PHOTO: supplied

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala handed over six cars to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s queens at the old legislature building in Ulundi on Friday.

Premier Zikalala said each car, all black Toyota Prados, cost below R800 000.

He said the KZN government was also in the process of carrying out renovations to the king’s palaces. He died in March.

“We thought it was important that we fulfil everything that we committed to do to His Majesty King KaBhekuzulu.

“We had agreed to complete purchasing the cars for the queens, and that is what we are doing today.

“We had also agreed that we would complete renovations in the palaces. We have also introduced contractors who will do that work,” said Zikalala.

The premier said processes to do the renovations were disrupted by Covid-19 and they also decided to give the royal family time to mourn.

Early this year, the Zulu royal household’s annual budget from the KZN government was slashed by R5 million after Premier Zikalala allocated R66 million to new AmaZulu King Misuzulu Zulu KaZwelithini and his family for the 2021/22 financial year.

“We have committed ourselves to continue supporting the royal house. What we withdrew is not the support to the royal house, but we withdrew the budget for events that normally take place.

“We cannot have events while the processes of appointing the new king are still ongoing,” he said.

“The policy of government that we’re following is in line with the prescript from national government, that for political office bearers you don’t buy a car that cost more than R800 000. Each of the cars here cost below R800 000,” said Zikalala.

He added that it was in both the interest of the KZN government, as well as people in KZN, that the royal family is supported and taken care off.

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