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AmaZulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini and Traditional Prime Minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Image:Twitter @Liezl_vdMerwe

Buthelezi remains Prime Minister despite fallout with the King

The appointment of a chairperson of Ingonyama Trust Board has caused a fracture in the relationship between King Misuzulu and Buthelezi

misuzulu and buthelezi ZULU ROYAL FAMILY

AmaZulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini and Traditional Prime Minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Image:Twitter @Liezl_vdMerwe

The office of AmaZulu Traditional Prime Minister Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has rubbished claims that he has vacated his position besides King Misuzulu kaZwelithini amid their fallout.

The claims come after media claims following a disagreement on the appointment of Inkosi Thanduyise Mzimela as the as the new chairperson of Ingonyama Trust Board.

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Buthelezi’s spokesperson, Liezl van der Merwe has announced that Buthelezi will continue to serve the monarch and the Zulu nation for as long as the King wishes.

“We reject any attempts to drive disunity amongst the AmaZulu Nation by the circulation of such blatant lies.”

” I wish to reassure the public and Zulu Nation at large, that their Traditional Prime Minister continues to serve at the behest of his Majesty King MisuZulu kaZwelithini, for as long as iSilo requires his services, support and guidance” says van der Merwe.

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“Prince Buthelezi has served the Zulu Nation as Traditional Prime Minister since 1954. Nothing has changed in this regard. He remains fully committed to his responsibilities as Traditional Prime Minister.” she adds.

During his tenure as Prime Minister, Buthelezi has served three kings and installed two- KingZwelithini kaBhekuzulu and and King Misuzulu kaZwelithini.

Van der Merwe has enforced that should such a time Buthelezi vacates his post, the announcement will be made through the Prime Ministers office.

“Any announcement to contrary would have been handled by myself, through a formal communique from the Traditional Prime Minister’s office, and after due consultation. It is therefore evident that the current media reports are false” she says.

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According to The Witness newspaper, a letter from the King to Buthelezi appeared to have fueled reports. Contents of the letter has largely to do with the appointment of Mzimela as board chairperson, with Buthelezi saying the signing of the answering affidavit by him (in his court case against Prince Simakade) and the king was on condition that Mzimela is dismissed.

“During my communication with you, through your son, on the evening of May 15, 2023, it became evident that your purported reluctance to attend to the signing of the answering affidavit are not related to any issues contained in the aforesaid affidavit.”

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“To the contrary, your reluctance to sign the answering affidavit appears to be emanating from unrelated issues which falls outside the ambit of the subject application and our answering affidavit. Among the issues raised were the following: the demand that the newly appointed Inkosi Mzimela tender his resignation as the chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust Board,” the letter read.