On Monday December 11, a South African court ruled that the government’s acknowledgment of the King of the Zulu nation in 2022 was unlawful. As a result, it could start a new battle for succession.
The Pretoria high court ordered President Cyril Ramaphosa to set up an inquiry to test whether the turbulent promotion of King Misuzulu Zulu was carried out in accordance with standard regulations.
Following the passing of his dad, Misuzulu Zulu, the 49 year-old, was named in 2021 as King for the in excess of 10 million Zulu individuals living in South Africa.
Due to bitter rivalries over the royal succession, his traditional coronation was postponed for 15 months until August 2022.
Misuzulu Zulu took over from Goodwill Zwelithini, who passed on in March 2021 after a rule of over 50 years.
The ruling, which stated that the presidential recognition of the Zulu king “was unlawful and invalid and the recognition decision is hereby set aside,” was sought by Prince Simakade, Misuzulu Zulu’s older brother.
At a super party in October 2022, Ramaphosa gave Misuzulu Zulu a giant framed certificate officially recognising him as ruler of the country’s richest and most influential traditional monarchy.
King Zwelithini left six spouses and no less than 28 children. Misuzulu Zulu is the first child of Zwelithini’s third spouse, whom he assigned as official in his will.
Be that as it may, the King passed on out of nowhere a month after her significant other, leaving a will naming Misuzulu Zulu as King.
Zwelithini’s most memorable wife professed to be the only legitimate spouse but she failed to get a court order stopping the coronation of the man whose name means “to strengthen the Zulu people”.
Before Ramaphosa’s state ceremony, Zwelithini’s eldest son, who was born out of wedlock, filed an emergency lawsuit claiming he was the rightful heir.
Brothers of Zwelithini also claimed the throne for another contender.
South Africa’s constitution recognises traditional rulers and chiefs and they wield significant moral authority.
In July, tales circled that Misuzulu Zulu had been poisoned after the unexpected demise of a close counselor who passed on in the wake of ingesting a poisonous substance. But the King denied the claims.