Successful kraal entry means Misuzulu is ‘the rightful heir to the Zulu nation’

Now that the new Zulu king has officially ascended the throne, all eyes are on other members of the royal family who had opposed the move.

Refilwe Moloto spoke to Professor Sihawu Ngubane, Head of African Languages ​​at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, about the battle for royalty.

  • A king is born, not named
  • King Misuzulu kaZwelithini is not the heir by negotiation, but by birthright
King of the Zulu Nation, King Misuzulu kaZwelithini speaking during his coronation ceremony in Nongoma on August 20, 2022. Photo: Xanderleigh Makhaza/Eyewitness News

According to an expert, the Zulu royal house does not follow Western traditions where a line of succession is identified from the start.

On the contrary, a king is born.

Here we have our own customs and traditions according to which we do not just name or identify an heir. An heir is born. It is determined by the position of the mother. We find that kings have multiple wives, but there is only one eldest wife.

Professor Sihawu Ngubane, Head of African Languages ​​- University of KwaZulu-Natal

Hundreds of Misuzulu subjects welcomed him in a ceremony held at the KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in KwaNongoma on Saturday.

Prof Sihawu Ngubane said the dispute and legal challenges to Misuzulu’s rise stemmed from the ambitions of the king’s siblings.

I think that’s the aspiration of princes because when the father died it was a shock. No one thought it would happen so soon. Everyone thought they would become successors after the king died. There is an eldest son and there is an heir. They always know the truth… about who should be the heir.

Professor Sihawu Ngubane, Head of African Languages ​​- University of KwaZulu-Natal

Sihawu said the success of the traditional weekend installation ceremony showed that Misuzulu was “the chosen one from above”.

The way the ritual was conducted was successful and the hunt was successful. Everything went very well, a sign that he is the legitimate heir of the Zulu nation.

Professor Sihawu Ngubane, Head of African Languages ​​- University of KwaZulu-Natal

This article first appeared on CapeTalk: Successful kraal entry means Misuzulu is ‘the rightful heir to the Zulu nation’

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