King Misuzulu to finally enter the cattle kraal!

King Misuzulu kaZwelithini will be traditionally coronated later this month.  
 Photo by 
Jabulani Langa.
King Misuzulu kaZwelithini will be traditionally coronated later this month. Photo by Jabulani Langa.

ZULU King Misuzulu kaZwelithini will finally have his traditional coronation in the cattle kraal on 20 August.

However, the date for his long-awaited coronation by the president is still to be announced.

King Misuzulu will perform the traditional ceremony of entering the cattle kraal, known as ukungena esibayeni in Zulu, at KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace in Nongoma, northern KZN.

Traditional prime minister Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi said as President Cyril Ramaphosa had recognised and announced Misuzulu as king, he had ascended to the throne in practical terms.

“The handing over of a certificate by the president, which is both symbolic and formally required, will take place on a date yet to be determined. It has been agreed between the king and the president that it will be at Moses Mabhida Stadium,” he said.

Buthelezi said on Friday, 29 July, the agreement was announced at a meeting of the royal family.

“There were no issues raised for or against the decision in view of the previous meeting, where the royal family agreed that the ceremony will be at Enyokeni Palace.

“The king responded that Moses Mabhida Stadium was more suitable,” he said.

Buthelezi said the ceremony would take place at the king’s own palace.

“Members of the royal family and amakhosi will be present and an invitation is hereby extended to anyone who wishes to witness this historic ceremony.”

King Misuzulu was supposed to be coronated by the president on 28 May, but it was postponed due to the flooding. Then it was supposed to happen on 13 August as per an agreement between the king and president, but it had to be postponed because Buthelezi refused to officially announce it as he claimed the arrangement was made behind his back.

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