The Zulu Royal Family has confirmed that the fight over who should succeed king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is now heading to the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

The king’s first wife MaDlamini, who he married in community of property, challenged the execution of his will, which names the next king.

MaDlamini is not related to the late regent of the Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi MaDlamini Zulu.

The Amazulu King passed on in March.

In a statement, the Kwakhethomthandayo Royal Palace says the first matter before court relates to the declaratory of the late monarch’s civil union versus the subsequent “customary” unions, in order to deal with matters of inheritance and succession to the throne.

Some of the King’s daughters are disputing the validity of his last will and testament alleging that his signature was forged. The relief sought from the courts is to halt the execution of the will until the pending matters are heard.

Meanwhile, the royal family has asked for privacy as it mourns Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s passing.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the kingdom of eSwatini has sent its condolences to the Zulu nation and the people of South Africa.

Queen Dlamini Zulu was a princess of the monarch when she betrothed to the Zulu king in 1973.

Mourners continue to pour in at KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace:

The KwaZulu-Natal government wants the Zulu Regent to be awarded a state funeral.

Premier Sihle Zikalala says the provincial authorities have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa over the matter.

Request for state funeral for AmaZulu Regent, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu: