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The battle over the Zulu succession might have been settled when King Misuzulu KaZwelithini was formally installed late final month, however the bitter and violent behind-the-scenes battles are removed from over.

This comes after one more taking pictures of a senior Zulu royal household prince and an in depth confidante of King Misuzulu. Prince Mbongiseni Zulu was shot and killed by unknown males on Thursday, at Nongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

His loss of life got here because the Zulu King and different members of the royal household had been making ready for Umgidi ceremony which is about to happen at Enyokeni royal palace in Nongoma on the weekend.

The taking pictures comes simply weeks after the September killing of one other King Misuzulu confidante, Induna (Headman) Dumisani Khumalo, who was shot and killed close to his house as he was coming back from the reed dance ceremony he had attended on the Enyokeni Zulu royal palace, the place King Misuzulu had accepted reeds from hundreds of Zulu maiden on this ceremony that’s centuries previous.

The coronation ceremony of King Misuzulu kaZwelithini. (Picture: GCIS /Jairus Mmutle)

On Friday, police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker confirmed to Every day Maverick that prices of homicide are being investigated by Nongoma SAPS. 

“It’s alleged that on 24 November 2022 at 6pm, two individuals aged 63 and 33 had been shot and killed at Nongoma,” mentioned Naicker. 

Police say the motive for the killing is unknown and the killers are nonetheless at giant.

They didn’t instantly determine both  of the slain males, however response to the murders was quick and swift and the prince was recognized as a kind of killed. The identify of the bodyguard has not but been launched.

There are robust speculations that Prince Mbongiseni Zulu’s homicide is linked to his shut affiliation with the reigning king.

After the death of the late King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu in March final 12 months, the Zulu royal household was break up down the center, with some supporters protruding with King Misuzulu and others elevating the names of different contenders to the throne.

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Prince Mbongiseni is a kind of who threw their weight behind King Misuzulu and he performed a pivotal function within the preparation of symbolic ceremonies, equivalent to when King Misizulu entered the kraal and in Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium when he was formally licensed by President Cyril Ramaphosa because the reputable Zulu king.

Varied political events have expressed shock on the prince’s assassination.

The Inkatha Freedom Get together — whose founder and president-emeritus is the Prime Minister of the Zulu nation and who was instrumental within the ascension of King Misuzulu — mentioned it didn’t wish to speculate in regards to the cause for the prince’s killing. It nonetheless referred to as on Minister of Police Bheki Cele to nominate a staff of high detectives to research the homicide.


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IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa mentioned: “The IFP needs to increase its deepest condolences to the Zulu Royal household for the tragic demise of Prince Mbongiseni. We really feel what the Zulu Royal Household, and certainly His Majesty King Misuzulu, goes by means of. It’s unhappy that previously few weeks that has been individuals, particularly close to the Osuthu palace who’ve been attacked and killed by means of taking pictures.

“We urge the Police Minister to do all it takes to cease these type of killings. This may finally trigger instability within the royal household. The IFP is of the view that there ought to be calm and stability within the Zulu royal household. 

“We’re not saying this killing is expounded to the disputes that is likely to be present throughout the members of the royal household however the best way it occurred raises various questions,” Hlabisa mentioned.

Prince Mbongiseni Milton Muntukaphiwana Zulu
Royal Zulu member of the family, Prince Mbongiseni Milton Muntukaphiwana Zulu. (Picture: Fb)

The ruling African Nationwide Congress (ANC), in response to its KZN provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo, is “extraordinarily involved about what seems to be a scientific killing of key leaders who’ve made an indelible contribution in the direction of the ascendency of King Misuzulu kaZwelithini to the Zulu throne”. 

“The monarch is an emblem of unity. Due to this fact we should disappoint those that wish to divide us. By and enormous, we stay assured that the SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant Common Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi will assign skilled regulation enforcement officers — particularly within the space of intelligence gathering.

“We belief that Lt Common Mkhwanazi will make sure that those that have inflicted irreparable harm to the nation are delivered to e book,” Mtolo mentioned.

KwaZulu-Natal has seen an rising pattern in killings of conventional leaders. In August, Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini vowed to deal with the assassination scourge of amakhosi (chiefs) and izinduna being focused in KwaZulu-Natal, Daily Maverick’s Chris Makhaye reported

This got here after chief regent Samson Buthelezi was fatally shot at his Nquthu house in northern KwaZulu-Natal, in July this 12 months. In March, 71-year-old chief Mandlakayise Nxumalo of Zwide clan, close to Ladysmith, was gunned down outdoors the normal court docket.

In keeping with the Congress of Conventional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) in August, no less than 50 of its conventional leaders have died within the province since 2019, 10 of whom had been amakhosi and 40 had been izinduna. Contralesa President, Kgoshi Mathupa Mokoena instructed Every day Maverick on Friday that the organisation had recorded greater than 12 killings of conventional leaders this 12 months. 

Contralesa management has regularly raised concern over the rising pattern of amakhosi and izinduna killings within the province. 

Chatting with Every day Maverick, Mokoena mentioned: “As Contralesa we’re very frightened in regards to the killings which are happening, specifically, in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The current killing of Prince Zulu is simply deepening the wound… We wish to condemn this killing within the strongest phrases that it deserves. The police should go away no stone unturned in ensuring that the perpetrators are delivered to e book.” 

Mokoena mentioned the organisation had raised the problem of conventional management killings with the federal government on the provincial and nationwide ranges. 

“I personally raised the matter with [President Cyril Ramaphosa], and with Cooperative Governance and Conventional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Police Minister Bheki Cele. They assured me that they’re going to ship a staff to KZN to research. However as a norm, they’re simply good at speaking,” he mentioned. 

In keeping with Mokoena, Contralesa continues to be ready for a response from the federal government to the suggestions the organisation made to treatment the disaster. 

Mokoena argued that if it was a politician who was killed, the related authorities departments would unexpectedly mobilise measures to assist treatment the issue. “However as a result of [Prince Zulu] was a standard chief — to them it’s not an pressing matter,” he mentioned. 

“Our flesh pressers should deal with any killing as a killing — if it was a politician they might expedite investigations, however with conventional leaders, they take their time. We’re strongly towards this.” 

Making a passionate plea to the federal government to prioritise the killings; Mokoena requested: “What number of conventional leaders should die earlier than you act?”

He added that the organisation can’t place its finger immediately on the motivation behind the rising spate of killings; “we are able to solely suspect that the disputes that exist in royal families may contribute to those killings.”

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Every day Maverick reported violence screens in KwaZulu-Natal believed the killings may very well be linked to salaries paid by the federal government to amakhosi and izinduna. DM

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