To rule the Zulu kingdom for more than 50 years, King Goodwill Zwelithini had six wives. Prior to ascending to the throne, he married Sibongile Winifred Dlamini, as an unmarried man could not do so. The royal family is divided over the king's succession. A constitutional challenge to the late king's will by his first wife, Queen Sibongile Winifred. Following King Goodwill's demise, his will named his third wife, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, queen regent.
As a result of her position, she can name the Zulu nation's future leader. Immediately after her death, she nominated her son Misuzulu Zulu as the next Amazulu ruler Misuzulu Zulu is the survivor's elder son She claims to be the late king's only legitimate wife and wants the throne as well as half of his wealth.
Sibongile Winifred Dlamini's Quick Profile
South African nationality
King Goodwill Zwelithini's fiancee
5 kids total
The Late King's Abduction, Says Sibongile
Sibongile Winifred Dlamini's early life is unclear. So she released a 35-page statement in which she claimed she was kidnapped to marry the late monarch.
He and Prince Klaas Mahlangu took her up from school in September 1961, she said. When she was 20, she was forced to marry King Goodwill. Ukuthwala was legitimate and adhered to Zulu rules. For a conventional marriage, a woman may be called from her home or wherever she was.
She married at the age of 20 while still in school, based on her affidavit. Approximately 7 years after their marriage, King Goodwill became King of the Zulu. Their wedding was at St Margaret's Church in Nongoma.
Queen Sibongile Winifred Dlamini and King Zwelithini had five children.
Polygamy's most obvious effect is having a high number of offspring, as demonstrated by the late King Goodwill, who married six wives and had 28 kids. In his first marriage, he had five children.
He was born in 1970 and died in 2020 at the age of 50. In Northwold, Johannesburg, a murder inquiry was begun when his body was found dead in the Graceland residential complex
Inkosi Mandla Mkhwanazi, the leader of the Mkhwanazi Tribal Authority in KwaDlangezwa, informed City Press that the royal family had not yet named an heir.
She is Sibongile Winifred Zwelithini's second child and owns Ilembe Catering Services in Durban. Ntombizosuthu Her younger sister, Ka Zwelithini Duma, was six years younger. Like Princess Nombuso, Ntombizosuthu is a successful entrepreneur. Persuasions and Zamalwandle Transport Logistics are owned by her and Mbongiseni Duma respectively.
4) Princess Ntandoyenkosi Ka Zwelithini Ngcaweni His wife's husband is Busani Ngcaweni, former Deputy President's Chief of Staff. Ntandoyenkosi manages assets for PIC (PIC).
In 1989, Princess Sinethemba Bati Zulu was born and was said to be studying International Relations at UW. With the loss of her first and only son, Queen Winifred Dlamini should be proud of her daughters' achievements.
Why Sibongile Dlamini Wants Half Of Late King's Assets
The Zulu royal dynasty suffered greatly after the king's death. Not long after his passing, King Mswati III nominated Queen Mantfombi Dlamini as Regent and charged her with finding a successor.
In a public hearing on May 7, 2021, she had named her son, Misuzulu Zulu as heir. Princess Ntandoyenkosi and Princess Ntombizosuthu, Queen Sibongile's children, vehemently opposed the declaration, saying their father's signature was faked.
The Queen stood alone in the battle for the throne and the late king's wealth. On the other hand, traditional marriages include a community of property and forbid polygamy. According to her, she is entitled to half of the late king's riches, with the other half going to his wives.
Her Demand Is Seen As Greed In The Public Eye
Sir Winifred Dlamini seeks half of the late Zulu king's estate, while her daughters demand the king's will be declared null and void for fraud. He countersued, claiming his father's civil marriage to Sibongile is void.
And Queen Sibongile Dlamini cannot just "wish away" the other wives, according to KwaZulu-Natal Premier Buthelezi's declaration Queen Elizabeth II and her daughters urged Buthelezi not to get involved in the matter, citing his lack of legal power. Queen Elizabeth refused to accept responsibility for the situation, blaming other spouses who wedded married men for their involvement.
All other children of the king's will be disinherited if the court grants Queen Sibongile Winifred Dlamini's request.
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