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ANC barred from visiting King Misuzulu

Senior Zulu traditional leaders in KwaZulu-Natal have told the ANC provincial leadership not to attempt to visit King Misuzulu kaZwelithini until the problems they have with his traditional prime minister are resolved.

The decision was taken on Wednesday at a sitting of the Traditional House and Khoi-San Leadership in the province at the chambers of the Old Legislature buildings in Ulundi.

The chairperson of the Traditional House, Inkosi Sifiso Shinga, said the leaders want certain issues to be addressed before the ANC leadership can start its journey to Nongoma to apologise to King Misuzulu.

ANC provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo said the party will ask the traditional leaders to accompany them to Nongoma to apologise to King Misuzulu for the incident in which ANC KZN chairperson Siboniso Duma grabbed the microphone from his traditional prime minister, Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi of the IFP.

Duma would not allow him to introduce the king.

However, Mtolo said the party will not apologise to Buthelezi.

The ANC planned to visit the King on Monday but the traditional leaders blocked their plans.

Deputy chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Nqayizivele Sithole, told Scrolla.Africa they want to meet with the king first to set the meeting date with the ANC leadership.

“We will meet the ANC provincial leadership first to discuss their apology before we can take them to the king,” he said.

Inkosi Sithole said they wanted an unconditional apology including an apology to the traditional prime minister, because he was appointed by the king.

Deputy traditional prime minister, Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, an ANC member, rejected claims that the position of the traditional prime minister had never been recognised in Zulu history.

He said even King Shaka kaSenzangakhona had his traditional prime minister, which was Ngomane.

Before his death last year, the late Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi revealed during the Imbizo kaZulu held at Mbizo Town Hall in Empangeni near Richards Bay that former president Jacob Zuma went behind the Zulu royal family’s backs to block the recognition of the traditional prime minister in the country’s constitution.

Pictured above: King Misuzulu KaZwelithini and his traditional prime minister, Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi.

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