Was the new monarch of the Zulus King Misuzulu KaZwelithini recently poisoned and hospitalised? That’s what several media houses have reported.
A report by the BBC, quoting the traditional prime minister Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, noted that the king is seeking treatment in eSwatini just across the border for suspected poisoning. He sought treatment outside South Africa because, according to the prime minister, he is uncomfortable doing that in South Africa.
His sudden admission to the hospital follows the sudden death of one of his close advisers, allegedly through suspected poisoning.
Amid the whole drama over the alleged poisoning of the king, however, his official spokesperson, Prince Africa Zulu, has come out to allay the fears of the public. According to the prince, the king was in “perfect health” and there shouldn’t be “unnecessary panic” over his health status.
He did not mention the prime minister’s name, but it is understood that his reference was to the earlier statement made by the prime minister about the king’s health.
Misuzulu KaZwelithini became the king of the Zulus worldwide following the death of his father. The position was keenly contested with palace intrigues and some sudden deaths but he emerged victorious and was recognised by the South African government.