The Mercury

Documents show new king is married


A BATCH of leaked Department of Home Affairs documents has revealed that the new Zulu King, Misuzulu kaZwelithi­ni, has been married for almost a week.

This came as Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi said yesterday all disputes in the royal court had been settled.

The documents show that the 47-year-old king’s marriage was registered on Thursday last week, the same day that his mother, the late Zulu Queen Regent Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, was planted (buried).

Furthermor­e, they revealed that the king married his long-time girlfriend, Ntokozo Mayisela, 36. Independen­t Media understand­s that in around 2009, she studied towards a diploma in popular jazz and music at a university in Durban, where she lives.

Independen­t Media also learnt that Mayisela and the new king met in August 2009 during the wedding of the king’s sister, Princess Bukhosibem­velo, and former Transnet executive Sipho Nyawo, held at the Durban Botanic Gardens. Royal archives of the historic wedding show that Mayisela played superb music, attracting the attention of the future king and other royals.

When asked about the king’s marriage during a press conference in Durban yesterday, Buthelezi, who is the monarch’s and the Zulu nation’s traditiona­l prime minister, said he was “not aware” that the king was married, and would not entertain further questions on the matter.

Regarding the many royal disputes that nearly tore the royal house apart over the past few weeks, Buthelezi said they had been resolved, and on Friday the royal court would meet for the final time to iron out any outstandin­g issues.

Hitting back at Prince Thokozani Zulu, the prince who on Friday threw the entire royal court into chaos when he openly challenged the naming of Misuzulu as the next king, said he has no royal standing to challenge such decisions.

“You can see that he has no status you know, that he should interrupt what was a meeting of the royal family on such a serious matter, he had no right,” Buthelezi told the press conference, after he was asked whether they had attempted to reach out to the prince.

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