Litigation: Zulu succession matter postponed to next year

The legal dispute over who will succeed the late King Goodwill Zwelithini as monarch of the Zulu nation will only be argued next year. TimesLIVE reports that two matters were set down for hearing in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) but in a communique to the lawyers, Acting KZN Judge President Isaac Madondo said the judge who was supposed to preside had fallen ill. Madondo did not name the judge. The two matters are related and have been consolidated and will be heard on 11 and 12 January.

In one, Queen Sibongile Winifred Zulu, first wife of the late king, is seeking to have her civil union declared in community of property and the only lawful union. She said this entitles her to half of the late king’s estate and he was precluded from entering into other traditional marriages. Her daughters, princesses Ntandoyenkosi Zulu and Ntombizosuthu Zulu-Duma, are challenging the authenticity of the late king’s will, claiming his signature on the document is a forgery and that he did not wish Prince Misuzulu kaZwelithini, the eldest son of his third wife, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, to take over the throne. Queen Dlamini-Zulu was appointed regent during the time of mourning but passed away on 29 April, paving the way for her eldest son to become monarch. Both applications are being opposed by members of the royal family. In heads of argument, the respondents said, in essence, that both issues are to be determined in terms of customary law and any decision on the marriage issue, or the impeachment of the will, have no bearing on the succession dispute.

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