Zulu royal family crisis deepens

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The late Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu attends the festival of ' Zulu 200' celebrating the existence of the Zulu Nation at the King Shaka International airport in Durban on September 22, 2013.
The late Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu attends the festival of ' Zulu 200' celebrating the existence of the Zulu Nation at the King Shaka International airport in Durban on September 22, 2013.
Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP via Getty Images

As tensions rise within the Zulu royal family in the wake of the passing of the regent of the Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, fears that the conflict could descend into violence are mounting.

Members of the Zulu royal family are currently locked in a dispute sparked by the controversial will allegedly left behind by King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, who passed away in March.

While one of the late king’s wives, Queen Sibongile Dlamini, and her daughters are challenging the will in court, violence monitor Mary de Haas warned that the situation could quickly turn ugly, particularly if outsiders were drawn into the fray.

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