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Traditional Zulu Prime Minister Accuses KZN Government of Disrespecting King Misuzulu

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AmaZulu King MisuZulu kaZwelithini

King Misuzulu

Thulasizwe Buthelezi, the Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Nation, has accused the provincial government of undermining His Majesty King Misuzulu kaZwelithini.

Buthelezi has made it clear that King Misuzulu is profoundly disturbed by what he perceives as a series of disrespectful actions by the KwaZulu-Natal Government. At the heart of this latest confrontation is the unexpected termination of Inyosi Buzetsheni Mdletshe, the King’s Cultural Advisor, who has been instrumental in orchestrating crucial royal ceremonies since 1977.

“In the latest incident, the Office of the Premier has terminated the employment contract of His Majesty’s Cultural Advisor, Inyosi Buzetsheni Maletshe. Mr Mdletshe is in charge of initiating all the sacred rituals that take place before Royal ceremonies. These ceremonies include: 1. Ukuthelwa kwamanzi (the cleansing ritual before a new Inkosi takes up his position). 2. Umkhosi wokweshama (first fruits festival) and many other Royal ceremonies. His Majesty is disappointed that the KZN Government operates as though the King does not exist,” Buthelezi explained.

Thulasizwe Buthelezi, the Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Nation
Thulasizwe Buthelezi, the Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Nation

He further highlighted that King Misuzulu has insisted on ensuring that Mdletshe’s invaluable services remain within the Royal family’s domain, stressing the deep-seated relationship and trust between Mdletshe and the monarchy.

Buthelezi fiercely criticized the KZN Government’s actions, stating, “His Majesty cautions the KZN Government that the disdain with which they treat the Royal family in general and His Majesty in particular is an affront to the Zulu nation.”

This clash between the traditional leadership and the provincial government reached a vivid flashpoint when Buthelezi publicly confronted ANC provincial chairperson Siboniso Duma, showcasing the heightened tensions between these two pivotal entities.

The dismissal of Mdletshe came to light through a letter from the office of the Premier’s chief director, LT Mbambo, dated 18 April 2024, which Scrolla.Africa has seen. The letter justifies the decision by citing substantial budget cuts affecting the government, stating, “As you may be aware, the office of the Premier, like all other government departments and entities, has experienced substantial budget cuts.”

In what seems like an attempt to manage its fiscal constraints, the provincial government invoked the termination clause in its contract with Mavukefile Pty Ltd, the entity through which Mdletshe received his remuneration.

Cultural Advisor, Inyosi Buzetsheni Maletshe
Cultural Advisor, Inyosi Buzetsheni Maletshe

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