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Reigning Zulu monarch King Misuzulu KaZwelithini. Image: GCIS / Flickr

All systems go for king Misuzulu’s certificate of recognition handover ceremony

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address when he officially hands over King Misuzulu’s certificate of recognition.

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Reigning Zulu monarch King Misuzulu KaZwelithini. Image: GCIS / Flickr

It’s all systems go as government and the public at large is gearing up for the handover of the certificate of recognition to Zulu king Misuzulu KaZwelithini. 

The historic event which will be a once in a lifetime for many as it was last witnessed in 1971 when the late King Goodwill Zwelithini ascended to the throne is set to take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 29 October 2022. 


King Misuzulu ascended officially to the throne during his coronation on 20 August 2022 that was held in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal. 

The monarch even performed Ukungena Esibayeni ritual which  has been described as one of the most sacred royal customs in Zulu tradition.

Misuzulu was officially recognised by Ramaphosa on 16 March 2022, in terms of Section 8(3)(a) and (b) of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act, 2019.

According to the Presidency, in terms of the requirements of the Act, the Royal Family identified (then) Prince Misuzulu Sinqobile Zulu as the person who qualifies in terms of customary law and customs to assume the position of king and applied to the President for his recognition.

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On Saturday, 29 October President Cyril Ramaphosa will officially and formally hand over the certificate of recognition which he issued earlier this year. 

Ramaphosa is also expected to deliver the keynote address at the event which is themed “LIPHUMILE ILANGA KWAZULU – THE SUN HAS RISEN ON THE ZULU NATION”.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube said they expect a capacity crowd of about 48000 to fill up the Moses Mabhida Stadium including Heads of State, Former Presidents; Kings and Queens, Judiciary; Legislatures; Diplomatic Corp; Business Sector.

“Due to the magnitude and significance of this once in a life time event we are anticipating a huge attendance and as such an overflow venue has been arranged at the People’s Park both in the East and West wings and public viewing screens will be installed to accommodate as many people as possible,” she said.

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