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King Misuzulu kaZwelithini preliminary date for his coronation has been set.
Photo: Mzweh / Wikimedia

AmaZulu royal family to meet family of future queen ahead of coronation

The AmaZulu royal family will be travelling for the Umembeso ceremony with the future queen and King Misuzulu kaZwelithini.

Misuzulu

King Misuzulu kaZwelithini preliminary date for his coronation has been set.
Photo: Mzweh / Wikimedia

AmaZulu royal family members will be travelling to the home of future Queen Ntokozo Mayisela in Newcastle, KZN. King Misuzulu kaZwelithini will be part of the delegation heading to her home.

Umembeso ceremony for the future queen expected on Saturday

On Saturday, 2 April, the traditional Umembeso ceremony is expected to happen. Mayisela’s family is expected to officially present her to the AmaZulu royal family. Both families will exchange gifts as part of the traditional ceremony.

Not only will members of the AmaZulu royal family be accompanying King Misuzulu kaZwelithini to the Umembeso but warriors are expected to be present as well. The Umembeso ceremony is one that takes place before a traditional wedding.

After the Umembeso, the AmaZulu royal family and the family of the future queen will be able to determine and then set a date for the wedding. In 2021, elders from the AmaZulu royal family paid lobola to the Mayisea family.

As customs go, the AmaZulu King is expected to be a married man before he ascends to the throne. SABC News reports that members of both families will sing traditional songs together. This signifies the unity between families.

Preparations for King Misuzulu kaZwelithini’s coronation are reportedly in the works.

Buthelezi: Coronation of King Misuzulu kaZwelithini must move forward

AmaZulu traditional Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has weighed in on the drama surrounding King Goodwill Zwelithini’s passing. This comes in reaction to the judgement passed down by the Pietermaritzburg High Court in relation to the legal battle over the late leader’s estate.

In response to the judgement, Buthelezi says that nominated King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has been affirmed as the rightful successor to the AmaZulu throne. Buthelezi has now called for the processes tied to the coronation to be finalised in a bid to see the ordeal officially settled.

The legal battle had been brought forward by Queen Sibongile Zulu who had sought to inherit half of the King’s estate, citing their civil marriage as the reason behind her application. The Queen had argued that, due to their civil union, the King’s later marriages weren’t valid. Nevertheless, Judge Mjabuliseni Madondo told the court that it wasn’t clear what type of estate the queen had based her 50% claim on.  Read the full story here.