By Sihle Mkhize
King Misuzulu KaZwelithini is gearing up for his official coronation on Saturday – but his royal detractors are not welcome.
The divided Zulu Royal household, are pulling out all the stops to put together an event fit for a king on 29 October at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to officially handover King Misuzulu his certificate of recognition in presence of a strong crowd of more than 40,000 expected people.
The Purpose has learnt that King Misuzulu’s siblings, who was challenging his rise to the Zulu throne, are not invited to the event.
Among them is Prince Mandlakapheli Zulu, who speaks for King Misuzulu’s half brother, Prince Simakade, who filed papers in court challenging his rise to the throne.
Prince Mandlakapheli quoted on news saying they were not invited.
“Even if we were invited, we were not going to attend,” said Mandlakapheli.
Mandlakapheli accused the ANC-run government of taking sides and sowing divisions in the ongoing feud in the royal household.
Meanwhile, eThekwini mayor councillor Mxolisi Kaunda led members of the Executive Committee and Amakhosi to visit his Majesty King MisuZulu kaZwelithini.
The purpose of the visit was to officially introduce the Members of the Executive Committee and to give a comprehensive report to His Majesty about the city’s state of readiness to host the much-anticipated certificate handover ceremony by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday.
“We have assured his Majesty that working together with The Presidency and the Office of the Premier, the Municipality is ready to host the ceremony and that all logistics are in place.
“His Majesty appreciated the report and expressed that he was happy with how the government is working together to ensure the success of this historic event,” said mayor Kaunda.