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Zulu Kingship Tussle: Court Declares Prince Misuzulu KaZwelithini As “Undisputed Successor to the Throne.”

It’s been a long battle, but it appears like the uncertainty may be over for the new Zulu king, Misuzulu.

He was the heir apparent and was crowned king after the death of his father and mother. But he wasn’t the only prince in the royal household, and those opposed to him ascending the throne of his forefathers have been fighting to annul his kingship and take over the stool.

The case ended in court, with each party expecting to go home victorious.

In a ruling yesterday, Wednesday, February 2, a high court judge in KwaZulu-Natal had noted that Prince Misuzulu KaZwelithini was the “undisputed successor to the throne.”

Prince Misuzulu KaZwelithini is the eldest surviving son of the late king, King Goodwill Zwelithini, who died in 2021 after ruling South Africa 12 million Zulus for over three decades.

His will had named his eldest wife as regent but she died just a month after the king, leaving Prince Misuzulu KaZwelithini as the next in line to the throne.

Prince Misuzulu KaZwelithini’s half-sisters claimed the king’s will had been forged, and they went to court to stop Prince Misuzulu KaZwelithini’s coronation. The battle had raged on since last year.

But with the current ruling, Prince Misuzulu KaZwelithini has cemented his claim to the throne.

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