DURBAN – THE KwaZulu-Natal government has frozen funding for the Zulu royal household’s cultural activities, saying it would only release it once the battle over the throne has been resolved.
The household has been beset by conflict over who is the rightful successor to King Goodwill Zwelithini who passed on earlier this year.
Some royals have questioned the legitimacy of King Misuzulu as the rightful heir, with different names being bandied about as successors.
Last week, the IFP accused the government of supporting a faction in the royal household that opposes Misuzulu as the rightful king, noting the number of traditional events that had not been sponsored by the government as had been the case in the past.
The IFP said such a move was aimed at reducing the king’s stature and demonstrated scant regard for the royal household. According to the IFP, the latest move by the government was part of a plan to diminish the role of traditional leadership.
“The IFP will not be silent and simply allow the ANC to proceed with its mission of reducing the Zulu monarch to a puppet. We believe that contempt for the Zulu monarch is contempt for the people themselves,” said IFP spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa.
Yesterday, the provincial government issued a statement explaining its position on the funding of the royal household.
“We wish to put it on record that the Executive Council of KwaZulu-Natal has taken a resolution to allow the Zulu Royal Household space and the opportunity to…