King Misuzulu KaZwelithini has spoken publicly for the first time after being named Zulu royal successor. His older brother, Prince Simakade, their father’s oldest son, is a contender for the Zulu throne.
The 47-year-old king spoke on eNCA in an exclusive interview on Wednesday in northern KwaZulu-Natal about his vision for the future and his late father’s legacy, King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu.
“What my father left as a foundation for us to carry on, I have to build on that, not to eliminate and say we are starting a new thing, new beginnings. I think my father, the king, had already begun on a good note. He laid the foundation for myself and for the nation.
“I really have a foundation that I am going to work within so far as all I need to do, and maybe a few years later, I can start my foundation. I need to complete what the late king has already initiated and started,” he said.
King MisuZulu says he is ready to work for the Zulu Nation. His biggest mission will be to finish what his father started, in eradicating poverty and unemployment.
“The Zulus cannot do it alone. We need other friends and other systems to come and work with us to make things happen on our land,” he said.
He stated that eradicating the country’s gender-based violence was one of his top concerns as he settled into his new role.
The king also confirmed his marriage to the 36-year-old Queen Ntokozo Mayisela and the couple’s two children. When questioned if he intends to have more wives, the king stated that he is content with his current one. But does not shy away from his Zulu culture and family practice of polygamy. Sorry to all the Twitter users who would have loved to be married by the king – the king is taken!
King Misuzulu spoken publicly and urged the populace to trust him and cooperate with him to move the Zulu kingdom forward.