He left behind six wives and at least 28 descendants: But one of them widows of the late king of Zulu began today its battle before South African justice, in the war for succession to the throne.
After ruling for 50 years, o King Goodwill Zuellitini died last March, at the age of 72. In his will, he appointed his third and favored wife, the Siguue Madfobi Δλαμίνι, who in turn proclaimed her son, the Misouzoulou Zoulou, 47 years old, according to AFP.
However, the queen died suddenly in April and the coronation has not yet taken place.
Goodwill’s first wife, h Queen Simbongile Dlamini, today disputes the legitimacy of the proclamation of Misuzulo Zulo as king, claiming that only legal spouse, since only she married in a civil ceremony.
The other spouses, whom he considers “pallakides“, They married the king in a traditional wedding, reports APE BPE.
Before the court in Pitermarburg, the capital of the Zulu country, Sibongile Dlamini also asked for the half royal inheritance.
It is pointed out that the Zulu king does not have executive power, but he has a strong influence in most of 11 million members of South Africa’s largest ethnic group. It also has areas of thousands of acres, many palaces and other properties.
“Conflict of common and customary law”
The Queen’s lawyer, Nigel Redman, challenged the legality of the five “traditional” marriages of the late king.
“This is not just a legal problem, but a conflict of common law and customary law,” the judge said. Isaac Madonna.
For some members of the ethnic group, royal cases have no place in court. Dozens of Zulu warriors, dressed in traditional animal skins and holding spears and shields, demonstrated around the court.
The “ambushSinging traditional songs, they have accused South African justice of being involved in their traditions.
The two daughters of Queen Sibongile Dlamini, the princesses Dobizosouthou and Dantogenokosi, claim for their part that their father’s will is invalid because a graphologist considered that his signature on this document is fake.
Many members of the royal family, carrying them emblems (animal skins on the shoulders or head) were present in court today. Misuzoulou Zoulou did not attend.
The hearing will continue tomorrow, Wednesday.