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King Misuzulu kaZwelithini. Image: X/@Isilo_uMisuzulu.

DA says ‘dismissal’ of King Misuzulu’s praise singer is unacceptable

The Office of the Premier terminated the services of King Misuzulu’s advisor and praise singer Buzetsheni Mdletshe citing budget cuts.

king misuzulu buzetsheni mdletshe

King Misuzulu kaZwelithini. Image: X/@Isilo_uMisuzulu.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal has labelled the dismissal of Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini’s cultural advisor, Inyosi Buzetsheni Mdletshe, by the provincial government as disrespectful and unacceptable. 

Mdletshe, who has served the Zulu monarchy since 1977, was abruptly dismissed earlier this week. 


The Office of the Premier terminated Mdletshe’s services, citing substantial budget cuts within the provincial Legislature, which controls the budget for His Majesty and the Royal Household.

Surprisingly, the provincial government did not consult King Misuzulu or the Royal Household before dismissing Mdletshe. 

The DA in KZN has since labelled the decision to terminate the services of the praise singer as highly disrespectful and unacceptable.

DA KZN leader Francois Rodgers noted that coincidentally, the ANC’s latest move comes just days after an embarrassing public spat between the traditional Prime Minister of the Zulu nation, Thulasizwe Buthelezi, and ANC provincial chairperson, Siboniso Duma.

Rodgers said they have consistently warned against using the king and the Royal Household to settle political scores. 

He said they have also repeatedly stated that the Legislature is a subject of the king – and not the other way round.

“The DA has long called on the Legislature to engage with King Misuzulu on the creation of a self-sustainable commercial agricultural industry, utilising the land he owns. This would include tourism as a revenue-generating activity.

“In this way, the king and the Royal Household become their decision-makers – instead of political parties in power making pronouncements for them.  The move would also minimise the impact of His Majesty and the Royal Household’s financial needs on the Legislature. This is the best and only way forward,” Rodgers explained. 


Following public outrage, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government refuted claims that it terminated the employment of King Misuzulu’s praise singer.

KZN government spokesperson Bongi Gwala said Mdletshe reached the compulsory retirement age of 65 in 2020 and he was then offered a two-year contract which expired in 2022.

Gwala said there already are two praise singers that were trained and mentored by Mdletshe who were identified as Mtshali and Mkhize.

“Mkhize is employed as a praise singer in his majesty’s portfolio. It would then not be prudent for the provincial government to have two praise singers who are paid by the government from the same budget, so that is where the issue is,” Gwala said.