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King's travel costs R800K a month

By Sapa  | Nov 23, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 186 ]

King Goodwill Zwelithini and his entourage spend more than R800,000 a month on travelling.

The king's travel costs were discussed at a meeting of the KwaZulu-Natal finance portfolio committee on Thursday.

Committee member and Inkatha Freedom Party MPL Roman Liptak said the figure was a monthly average.

According to documents tabled at the meeting, chief financial officer in the Royal House department, Mduduzi Mthembu, suggested it was difficult to control the king's travel and associated costs.

Mthembu said at least R820,000 had been used a month for the hire of private jets and helicopters when the king was criss-crossing the province to perform his duties.

It had not been established how many times the king's bill had hit the R800,000 mark during the current financial year.

The royal household was allocated a budget of R59.5million in the current financial year.

Three months ago there was an outcry when officials of the royal house asked for a further R12 million for constructing a house in the king's eNkonyeni palace, and a further R5 million to convert a farmhouse into a house for the monarch's youngest wife, Zola Mafu.

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amaZulu aren't a disease, they are very nice people, you don't have to be concerned about them being contagious.

Nov 23, 2012 12:28 | 0 replies

I think it will be a very good idea that we start looking into any party to vote fro which won't have any person from KZN as a leader and from there we start prosecutions,starting with the president zuma himself ,then all these little toy kings will follow. All they are trying and actaully doing id to destruct anything that is against corruption..siss...wake up SA you are being shoved down the swerage.

You are mistaken, the Zulu monarchy and other monarchlets were protected in the CODESSA deal, in Mandela and Mbeki's government the Zulu monarchy was already given a lion's share and it was spoiled, believe you me even under any ANC leadership the Zulu kingdom will call the shots, that is the kind of democracy we voted for, simply nonsense, a real democrazy. It is not only Zuma who spoils the king but the ANC per se spoils this man and his family, including the stupid Phathekile Holomisa and others, it the ANC.

Nov 23, 2012 12:19 | 0 replies

Tswanas are not intelligence

You are so right they ar NOT intelligence BUT intelligent

Ok lazy teacher thank you for correcting me,I will buy you a yoghurt.

Nov 23, 2012 12:16 | 0 replies

What you people dont understand is, the Zulu King is a prime landlord presiding all over the province land, hence all mineral resources and people having houses on that land have to subscribe tenency contribution to his marjesty. Mathimetically speaking what you complaining about is nothing compared to what the King is entitled to, that is just based on your ignorency of Royal affairs.
Kings longtime before him were entitled to the same treatment, where citizen or subjects were paying heads of cattles to the king in the thrown due to his landlord status , which in terms of money and value from time to time is not making any different to what you interpret as cash today, according to current currency exchange in our market.
Hence your outcry may call for the worse if he charges in percentages according to the size of his land and all the asserts included.

Nov 23, 2012 12:15 | 0 replies

"To do his duties" what duties? to marry another wife. Badala ba baja di thaka tsa rona ka chelete ya rona. The only way re ka e distroyang ke gore MALEMA enoba mo president. JUJU MAN ga a na nako ya go tshameka!

Nov 23, 2012 12:15 | 0 replies

Tswanas are not intelligence.
E monna it should read " Tswanas are not intelligent"...so between nna le wena s'tlaela ke mang? ka Stswana ra re o Yyeethe, segafi kana Motraiseni....tsa mo swela kwa!

Do you know something called spelling mistake?Anyway I dont understand your language.

Nov 23, 2012 12:15 | 0 replies

Wow Mgwijikhwebu!!!!!

At the end of the day we are African... its in our blood!

Nov 23, 2012 12:14 | 0 replies

What kind of name is that?

Nov 23, 2012 12:12 | 0 replies

The Zulus teamed up with the same white people that they are now hating to fight Xhosa's who were staying in the township...let me tell you this..thet way they used to catch a difference between a Xhosa and Zulu ,they used to ask for an elbow name is Zulu.if you would call it in Xhosa you would be killed or any other lang nut Zulu....So after the liberation we received so like we did. Do we really have to give our blood,sweat and tears to the Zulu people.But why? Why do Zulu people wants to bring back Shaka time in our generation, Shaka was a bully who went arround killing all the other nations in the History times and taking all that was not his, and Zulus are now doing the very same thing and anyone else who is not from KZN is allowing them to steal right in thier eyes....Why, why why?
You're irrelevent

Nov 23, 2012 12:11 | 0 replies


You are delusional. Stop smoking that stuff.

Nov 23, 2012 12:6 | 0 replies


ga twe selo ke yyethe,


nna ke tla ya makoteng,

wa be o nkgatla thata ka puo e!!

Nov 23, 2012 12:20 | 0 replies