Ramaphosa men

Photo: LUCA SOLA / AFP

Ramaphosa ‘dealing with’ Zulu Royal Family drama

CR the fixer? President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC is helping to deal with issues in the Zulu Royal Family.

Ramaphosa men

Photo: LUCA SOLA / AFP

Since King Misuzulu kaZwelithini was chosen as the next king of the Zulu Royal Family, some in the royal house have disputed his claim to the throne. While it does look like his coronation will eventually go ahead, there are a lot of issues to sort out. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC is handling it.

Also Read – Load-shedding: ‘There’s light at the end of the tunnel,’ Ramaphosa says

Ramaphosa enters the Zulu Royal Family drama

While King Misuzulu has technically been on the throne since May, he reportedly has not received a share of the R60 million in government benefits he is entitled to annually.

While campaigning in KwaZulu-Natal alongside Premier Sihle Zikalala this weekend, the ANC president looked to reassure the amaZulu nation. He told the team of journalists following him, that the situation is under control.

“It’s being handled and because it is a royal matter it needs to be dealt with sensitivity, with great care and without publicising the very sensitive issues.”

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mediating the Zulu Royal Family drama

King Misuzulu was rejected by some within the Zulu nation last month, as he requested a mass meeting to smooth over tensions. Ramaphosa enters the fray publically after reports of some within the royal house, are attempting to come up with a name to challenge Misuzulu for the throne.

Another name mediating the amaZulu royal crisis, is Princess Charlene of Monaco. The South African Charlene has been in the country since May, and recently had her return to Monaco delayed again.

Read: Princess Charlene to remain in SA, return to Monaco delayed

Her spokespeople confirmed recently that she is acting as an “unofficial mediator” and has met with various royal family members. Princess Charlene was a great friend of former Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelethini

The succession battle turned ugly in recent weeks, with some family members alleging that King Misuzulu was an “irresponsible drunk”.