The article looks at the South Africa’s ethnic Zulu nation as it prepares to coronate its king. We will look at the King that is to be coronated today.
Who is King Misuzulu ka Zwelithini?
Misuzulu Sinqobile Hlomesakhishlangu kaZwelithini is the reigning king of the Zulu Nation.
He was born on 23rd September,1974 to King Goodwill Zwelithini and Great wife, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini.
He is the the third living son of his father and the first of his mother. His mother was a Queen and a great one of course.
King Misuzulu became heir to the throne after the passing of his father on 12th March,2021.
He was officially appointed as the next Zulu King, but the coronation has been pushed forward to today,2oth August,2022, a year after his official appointment.
King Misuzulu ka Zwelithini education and marriage life
King Misuzulu had his early education at his mother’s home country of Eswatini. His Secondary education was in South Africa at St. Charles College in Pietermaritzburg.
It has been rumored that he has a degree in international studies, while others state he is still pursuing the degree, in Jacksonville, Florida.
King Misuzulu has two wives namely Ntokozo Mayisela his long time partner and a woman from his mother’s country of Eswatini in the person of Queen Nozizwe Mulela.
While his marriage to Ntokozo Mayisela in 2021 was officially done with the lobola paid and some wedding to go with it.
The same cannot be said of his second marriage with queen Nozizwe as there is yet to be a wedding for that marriage
King Misuzulu Ka Zwelithini legal tussle
In May last year, there were media reports that court papers had been filed in the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The court papers were challenging the validity of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s will.
The challenge was from the late King’s first wife, Sibongile Winifred Dlamini, and the two daughters she had with the King, Princess Ntandoyenkosi and Princess Ntombizosuthu.
Aside the court cases on the will, there are also disputes over his validity to the throne.
A section of the royal family who are opposed to Misuzulu as the successor, rather recognizes his eldest brother, Simagade Zulu ka Zwelithini, as the rightful heir.
The rival family faction held the ukungena esibayeni ceremony for Simagade just last week.
This decision however is not backed by the rest of the royal family’s elders who support Misuzulu as the rightful king.