Royal family pledges support for King Misuzulu as successor to Zulu throne

Royal family pledges support for King Misuzulu as successor to Zulu throne

The Zulu royal family has pledged its full support to King Misuzulu kaZwelithini.

Newly elected Zulu monarch Prince Misuzulu Zulu (2nd R) arrives with Amabutho, Zulu regiments, to attend the provincial memorial service at the Khangelakamankegane Royal Palace in Nongoma on May 7, 2021 to pay his last respects to his mother the late Quee
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The incoming monarch was nominated as the preferred successor by his mother, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu.


"Princess Thembe and Princess Mbonisi have pledged their loyalty and support for his majesty King Misuzulu kaZwelithini," said Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Nation, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who was speaking in Nongoma on Saturday.


"The family appreciates this indication that stability and unity have been restored.”


On Friday night, hours after Queen Mantfombi's funeral, dramatic scenes unfolded at the public reading of the late regent's last will and testament.


Misuzulu had to be whisked away amid heavy security.


Buthelezi said they weren't surprised by the chaos that erupted after the King's nomination was announced.


"Each time a new king is installed - there are always others who want to claim the throne.


"So, if there is such a development, it's not something that will surprise us at all.”


King Misuzulu has meanwhile already ascended the throne.


"From our side, as a family, as far as the Zulu nation is concerned, the king is already on his throne, but of course, there are formalities to follow from the side of government," Buthelezi explained. 


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