Zulu royal successor planning meeting commences

The Zulu royal family has not announced who will succeed the late King Goodwill Zwelithini.
The Zulu royal family has not announced who will succeed the late King Goodwill Zwelithini.
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A royal succession planning meeting is going ahead with a meeting of members of the Zulu royal family and the late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s lawyers on Wednesday.

An inside source confirmed to Sowetan sister publication TimesLIVE that the meeting had started on Wednesday morning.

Senior members of the royal family met at KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace on Saturday but the family has remained tight-lipped about who will succeed King Zwelithini.

Sunday Times reported a will read to the royal family on Friday revealed the late king wanted his successor to come from the palace of the great wife, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini.

While Prince Misuzulu, the firstborn son of King Zwelithini and Queen Mantfombi, has largely been seen as the obvious successor, the royal family has remained mum.

In a statement, traditional prime minister Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi said at Saturday's meeting “various matters were discussed, including matters related to his majesty’s will”.

It was then that a meeting with King Zwelithini’s lawyers was decided.

Buthelezi said updates will be provided after Wednesday’s meeting.

It is still unclear whether Wednesday’s meeting will produce a successor.

TimesLIVE

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