Ramaphosa to tackle coronation of Prince Misuzulu as Zulu king

The coronation of Prince Misuzulu kaZwelithini as the king of the Zulu nation will be carried out after President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded all ‘processes that are involved’.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has commented on the situation over the weekend during a media update.

“The issue of coronation will be done after the president exhausts processes that are involved. That is left with the presidency.”

This comes after Pietermaritzburg High Court judge Isaac Madondo ruled last week that the coronation could move ahead, with the prince declared the ‘undisputed successor to the throne’.

Issues with King Goodwill’s estate hamper process

The execution of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s will as far as the distribution of assets is concerned has proved to be quite the task.

Judge Madondo heard testimony from Zulu princesses Ntandoyenkosi Zulu and Zulu-Duma who had claimed that the late King’s will had been forged. However, the Judge had confirmed that the succession issue was a separate matter from the will. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
The coronation of Prince Misuzulu kaZwelithini as king of the Zulu nation is now in the hands of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: GCIS/ Flickr

Ramaphosa to tackle succession 

Commenting further on the matter, Zikalala explained that Ramaphosa would be ensuring that the coronation processes can move along unhindered.

“With regard to the impact of the judgement I believe the presidency will engage with it and see whether it will and won’t impact in the coronation processes.”

The Premier explained that the prayer held in the late king’s honour recently that engagements were underway.

“The government of the province was engaged by queens of the late king that we must host the prayer, which we agreed on. There has been an engagement I believe with the queen mother and the queens. It’s not our prayer, the prayer will be led by the royal house.

“Whether this will be announced by Prince [Mangosuthu] Buthelezi, the government will be informed and we will follow those processes. Whether there will be need for financial engagement and support, that will be discussed. We were approached and we responded positively.”

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