By Kaya 959 News
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has spoken out against “unauthorised” meetings by certain members of the Zulu royal family.
The meetings were allegedly held to discuss who will assist the regent, Queen Mantfombi Ma-Dlamini Zulu – the wife of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini.
King Zwelithini passed away in March at the age of 72.
He was the Zulu Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch.
Parallel process of meetings cause confusion
Buthelezi says Prince Mbonisi and his sister Princess Thembi are holding a “parallel process of meetings”.
“These meetings have captured the media’s interest and created confusion within the Zulu Nation. In an article published in Ilanga on Monday, Prince Mbonisi and Princess Thembi announced another meeting taking place, purportedly of the Royal Family, in Ulundi on the 24th of April.
“It was reported that they were dealing with the issue of who can assist the Regent,” he said in a statement.
Buthelezi says the queen did not approve the meetings.
“Unfortunately, this parallel process is being run without the authority or sanction of her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, whom His Majesty the King indicated should lead the Nation at this time, or of the other 5 widows of the King.
“Neither the Queen Mother, Mayvis (MaZungu), the widow of King Cyprian – who is our matriarch – nor I, as traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and Nation, knew about these meetings.”
Meetings labelled “mischievous”
Buthelezi says the royal family has already decided who should assist the queen at an official meeting.
The meeting took place at the palace where the Queen resides. Buthelezi says all senior members of the family, including Prince Mbonisi and Princess Thembi, attended.
He says the royal family is “deeply concerned” by the unauthorised meetings, which he labelled “mischievous”.
“In addition, they undermine the authority of Her Majesty the Queen who now leads the nation. It appears that such action seeks to torpedo His Majesty the King’s own wishes and arrangements,” the statement read.