Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) President Velenkosini Hlabisa has cautioned the AmaZulu royal family that squabbles and legal challenges over King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu’s successor will tarnish the legacy of the late monarch.

Hlabisa and some IFP members have visited the KwaKhangelamankengane royal palace to pay their respects following the passing of the Regent of the Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu. Hlabisa says this is a time for mourning and not for squabbles.

“A protocol within the royal family be followed to resolve all matters. We are confident that members of the royal family will find themselves and have a common approach and give a moment to rest the queen and attend the issue of succession in a calm way.”

Regent of the Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu will be laid to rest on Thursday at the KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace in KwaNongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

In a statement, the monarch’s Traditional Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, confirms that the Regent’s remains will be transported from Johannesburg, where she passed on, to her Royal Palace of KwaKhangelamankengane on Wednesday.

Buthelezi says in line with her wishes, as was the preparations for the late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, the Regent will be interred at the crack of dawn in a private burial. Her wish was that she be buried at her palace.

A memorial service will be held on Friday.

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi addresses the media: