Name-dropping Malema courts Zulu King for KZN support
Desperate for a share of the massive KwaZulu-Natal vote, EFF leader Julius Malema is presenting himself as a supporter of King Misuzulu kaZwelithini.
Malema and his EFF are seen as outsiders in KZN, a perception that could potentially cost “Juju” many votes. But Juju knows this — and that KZN has a large pool of voters, at around 5.8 million.
Launching the EFF election manifesto at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday, Malema said the EFF supported His Majesty from day one.
Malema charmed the crowd when he affirmed his support for King Misuzulu’s kingship. He told the roaring crowd that King Misuzulu was born for the throne and that no court of law would dethrone him.
“King Misuzulu is my King. He is the only king of the Zulu nation and was born for the throne. All other processes were just formalities,” says Malema.
The battle for the Zulu throne is now heading to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein as King Misuzulu’s half-brother, Prince Simakade kaZwelithini, hopes to dethrone him.
Prince Simakade believes he is the rightful heir to the throne because culturally he is the first son of King Misuzulu’s late mother, Queen Regent Mantfombi kaSobhuza.
To the delight of the EFF faithful, Malema said the party supported the appointment of the new traditional prime minister to the Zulu nation, Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi, despite his being a senior member of the IFP.
His comments come after some politicians in the province were angered by King Misuzulu’s decision to appoint Rev Buthelezi.
“Thulasizwe Buthelezi, we respect you as the traditional prime minister of the Zulu Nation. But we are not ignorant of your political affiliation. We respect the king’s decision to appoint you as his prime minister,” said Malema.
Soon after Rev Buthelezi’s position was announced at the battle of Isandlwana commemoration last month, most government leaders didn’t even wait for lunch.
eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda posted on his Facebook page that he would never respect Rev Buthelezi as the Traditional Prime Minister because to him, Buthelezi is just a politician.
Pictured above: EFF leader Julius Malema calls for respect for Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi as the new traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch.
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