02 March 2022
King Misuzulu was announced as the heir and the successor of King Zwelithini. Her late mother, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, who was named by King Zwelithini as the regent and given power to name the King who will be her successor.
Queen Mantfombi was supposed to be the regent up until the cleansing has been done and then announce who will be the King.
Unfortunately, she got sick in April and passed away late April.
Fortunately enough, she had left a will in which in it, she appointed her eldest son, King Misuzulu as the rightful heir to the throne.
After all, in Zulu custom, without even the need of the will, Queen Mantfombi, is the "great wife" because she hailed from eSwatini royalty. This is why King Zwelithini appointed her to be his heir. The son who will take over the throne is supposed to be the son of the Queen who hails from the royalty and in this case, it is Queen Mantfombi.
After she was laid to rest, her will was read and His Majesty King Misuzulu was announced as the King.
Unfortunately it was not welcomed by everyone as there were claims from the royal rebels, the daughters of the first wife, MaDlamini and those on their side, alleged that the signature of King Zwelithini on the will was forged.
They took the matter to court to stop the coronation of King Misuzulu as they challenged his throne by saying the will was forged.
On Wednesday,Kwa Zulu Natal High Court deputy president,Judge Isaac Madondo said that the coronation of King Misuzulu as the King of the Zulu can go ahead.
Madondo stated that King Misuzulu is the undisputed successor the throne.
However, the judge granted an interdict preventing the execution of King Goodwill Zwelithini's will, distribution of assets amongst his wives and children until the authenticity of the will has been determined by court hearing oral evidence from handwriting experts.
The court said this application had to be launched within 15 days or the interdict would lapse.
In January, judge Madondo heard argument in three related applications, one from Princesses Ntandoyenkosi Zulu and Zulu-Duma who sought the interdict against the coronation of King Misuzulu, citing the 'forgery' of Zwelithini's will as the basis of this.
However, Masondo said the succession issue had nothing to do with twill. This is because Queen Mantfombi is the rightful heir since she hails from the royalty.
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