Friday, 22 April 2022 17:24

King Misuzulu's coronation ceremony has been postponed due to KZN floods.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

AmaZulu King Misuzulu's coronation ceremony scheduled for next month has been postponed as the province mourns the death of over 400 lives due to the devastating floods.

Misuzulu's ascendence to the throne was mired by controversy when a faction in the royal household contested his mother, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu's will which nominated him as the preferred successor to the throne.

The late regent died in April last year, only weeks after the of death of her husband King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu.

Making an announcement, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu monarch said as the nation mourns the loss of lives, homes and property due to the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, the focus must be on healing, rebuilding and restoring what has been lost.

Buthelezi said after a discussion with President Cyril Ramaphosa it was agreed that a new date should be set.

"In this time of tremendous pain and grief, His Majesty King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has expressed his strong conviction that the celebration of his coronation should be postponed.

At his request, I conveyed this to His Excellency Ramaphosa on Wednesday afternoon. That evening, before he had even had sight of my letter, the President called to express the very same sentiments.

"Today the president has formally responded to my letter, confirming his agreement with His Majesty's decision and indicating that a new date should be discussed, beyond May 2022.

"After consultation with His Majesty the King, the royal family and the president, a date for the coronation will be announced accordingly," Buthelezi said.

On behalf of the king, Buthelezi conveyed condolences to families who lost their loved ones during the floods.

Buthelezi also announced that the royal family was also mourning the loss of family members who died during the floods

"We express our deepest sympathy to every family that has suffered a loss. The royal family itself is in mourning at the loss of Princess Bonakele Jileka and her children Yenzokuhle and Elimiyo, as well as the children of Princess Sindisiwe Jileka, Akhile and Zekhethelo. HRH Princess Lindiwe ka Johnson ka Tshelendoda ka Dinuzulu lost all five members of her family when their house collapsed.

Last month, the High Court in Pietermaritzburg cleared the way for Prince Misuzulu to be crowned the next Zulu king.