South Africa’s new King of the Zulus’s opublic unveiling ended in chaos as he was whisked away by bodyguards as questions continue over whether he is the rightful heir to the throne.
The controversy over the next king, a largely ceremonial role but one with great significance for South Africa and its 12 million Zulu people, has arisen after the death in March of King Goodwill Zwelithini, who had reigned since 1968.
Zwelithini apparently named one of his six wives, Queen Mantfombi Shiyiwe Dlamini Zulu, as the ‘regent of the Zulu kingdom’ in his will.
However, she also died after holding the title for only a month, throwing the royal succession into turmoil.
The commotion broke out Friday night at the reading of Queen Mantfombi’s will and hours after a memorial service for her.
The queen’s will named 46-year-old Prince Misuzulu, her eldest son with King Zwelithini, as the heir and next king.
But another prince objected and interrupted the announcement at the KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.
Two princesses also have questioned whether the late king’s will gave Queen Mantfombi the right to nominate a successor upon her death.
King Zwelithini reportedly had 28 children with his different wives, and Queen Mantfombi was not his first wife.
A dispute over succession had been brewing since the late king’s death, fascinating many South Africans with their very own royal scandal.
There have been lurid allegations that the king’s will was forged and that Mantfombi was assassinated on the orders of her rivals.
Princess Thembi, one of Zwelithini’s sisters, denied the claims last week, complaining to reporters: ‘People think we are murderers.’
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Source: Daily Mail