The divisions he referred to related to the royal family’s disagreement on who should ascend to the throne after the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu.
The party at the centre of the poster controversy, the IFP, was founded by a man in favour of Prince Misuzulu as the heir. The IFP emeritus president, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, is also traditional prime minister of the Zulu nation.
“It is the context that the underhanded use of Prince Misuzulu as a Trojan horse for the IFP is deeply objectionable. As the royal family, we wish to strongly condemn the use of our children by a political party to gain political currency,” said Prince Mbonisi.
He said the Zulu royal family had decided to speak out against the posters as it is their burden of responsibility to protect the royal family members from “political gimmicks” and attempts to make its children “poster children of the 2021 local government election campaign”, as it accused the IFP of doing.