South Africa-Royalty-Succession

S/Africa: Battle for the throne tearing Zulu nation apart

APA - Durban (South Africa)

The dispute over the succession of King Goodwill Zwelithini, who died in March 2021 after 50 years of rule, cost the life of Dumisani Khumalo, the advisor to the disputed heir.

The throne of the Zulu kingdom is the object of much envy. 

One month before the ceremony of the new king Misuzulu Zulu in the stadium of Durban, by the president Cyril Ramaphosa, the protest is getting radicalized.

On the night of Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 September, Dumisani Khumalo was murdered in front of his house by several armed men. 

He was returning from the reed dance; a traditional festival celebrating the virginity of young women in Nongoma, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. 

It was the first major public appearance of King Misuzulu Zulu since his coronation in late August.

Provincial officials of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) denounced the act as cowardly and lamented the death of a pillar of the royal family. 

Dumisani Khumalo served the current Zulu monarch and his father as an advisor.


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