Allegations that the AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini‘s will may have been forged have reportedly rocked the Zulu Royal Family. The King’s first wife’s decision to interdict the coronation of a new ruler is reported to have worsened the situation.
The King’s daughters from his first wife Princess Ntandoyenkosi and Princess Ntombizosuthu, claim the will that’s in the possession of the royal family lawyer, Jerome Ngwenya, may be fraudulent. They now plan to seek an interdict to halt its execution until its authenticity has been verified.
The news comes as mourners flock to the Royal Palace in Nongoma following the passing of the Zulu nation’s regent, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu.
A marquee has been erected outside KwaKhangelamankengane to accommodate the mourners.
Residents from Nongoma have hailed the Queen as a person, who loved the people and always passionate about their development. They say the Queen contributed to reviving a number of ceremonies, including the annual maiden reed dance and a women only Umkhosi Wesivivana. It is a ceremony aimed at empowering and preparing women to face life challenges.
The Great Wife of the late King died at a Johannesburg hospital on Thursday evening at the age of 65. She was the daughter of the late King Sobhuza the Second of Eswatini, and the sister of the current – King Mswati the Third.
Dr Gugu Mazibuko weighs in on the Queen’s passing:
Nesta Ntshaba says she worked with the late Queen on a number of projects.
“We will remember her by all her good work that she has done for us she made us into women respectable women even in their homes. She taught us a lot of things. She taught us how to sew, how to do beadwork. We are here today…we are very proud of the King Mswati’s daughter; we are proud of our Queen. We say rest in peace. We knew you you took us to your country to show us how women in your country live and carry themselves,” adds Ntshaba.
The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) has sent condolences to the Zulu Royal Household, describing the Queen’s passing so soon after that of her husband as shocking and unpleasant surprise to many.
“When the time comes, it is best to make peace with it, and accept the fact that the good Lord has received her in the firmament with grace,” says the organisation in a statement.
The Zulu Royal Family is expected to meet on Sunday to discuss preparations for the late Regent of the nation.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s address postponed on the matter was postponed on Saturday: