In court pleadings, the late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's brother alleges that the disputed heir to the throne, Prince Misuzulu Zulu, would be anointed as monarch this Friday in a secret ceremony. Prince Mbonisi Zulu has filed an urgent case in the Pietermaritzburg high court, claiming the support of some members of the royal family, seeking an injunction to stop the alleged coronation, which he learned about through the grapevine.
Prince Mbonisi has asked that the ceremony be pushed back until the outcome of two interrelated court applications, which are scheduled for hearing on December 7 and in which Queen Sibongile Winifred Zulu, the late king's first wife, seeks to lay claim to half of his estate through her marriage in community of property. In the second application, her daughters, princesses Ntandoyenkosi Zulu and Ntombizosuthu Zulu-Duma call into doubt the authenticity of the late king's will, claiming that his signature was forged.
They further dispute that the late King Mswati III, who died on March 21, intended Misuzulu kaZwelithini, the eldest son of his third wife, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, to be the heir apparent. The king had six marriages. Due to her Swazi origin, Queen Dlamini Zulu is said to have had a higher position. During the period of mourning, she was named regent, but died on April 29, allowing her eldest son to come to the throne. In his urgent motion, Prince Mbonisi asks the court to ban any further steps that may be seen as recognizing Misuzulu as king.
He said that he and others learned about the coronation through the grapevine. He said that there was no trust among royal house members owing to conflicts about who should succeed. "I and others met to discuss the veracity of the rumors. We met with our attorneys and submitted letters to [Misuzulu and Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi] requesting confirmation or denial of what was happening. A ceremony cannot take place until a recognized certificate is published in the government gazette and the premier arranges it. Please let us know what you think about this in the comment section below, do not forget to like, share and follow.
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