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Zwelithini blasts 'disrespectful' chief

By unknown | Nov 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini has blasted Chief Melizwe Dlamini of the Nhlangwini clan for disrespecting him and the royal household.

Zwelithini was visiting eGugwini this weekend at the invitation of local amakhosi. But the visit was marred by controversy after 50 of the amakhosi, 24 under the Nhlangwini Traditional Council and 26 under Contralesa in the Umzimkhulu area, told the media that they would not meet the king. They said they had not been specifically invited to the event or informed about Zwelithini's visit in time to prepare for the visit.

This was Zwelithini's second visit to his supposed subjects who have recently announced themselves as kings.

He first visited the Tembe clan in Ngwavuma, where he had been invited by a faction that opposes the local chief being granted kingship.

In a tense meeting, Zwelithini urged the leaders of the Nhlangwini clan to put Melizwe in his place.

"He must come to me and apologise for the shame he has brought to the royal family. As someone who has royal blood in his veins, as he is my grandson, he should come and apologise.

"I think he is mentally disturbed and unbalanced. If he does not do that, there might be a problem," said Zwelithini.

Dlamini is one of the chiefs who have applied to the Nhlapo Commission to be accorded the same status as Zwelithini - they want to be kings.


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