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South Africa court backs succession of Zulu king

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The South African high court has rejected an attempt to prevent the coronation of Misuzulu KaZwelithini as Zulu king, saying he is undisputedly considered to be the heir to the throne.

The Zulu nation has been without a leader for almost a year after the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini.

His wife, and interim regent, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini died shortly after him which has led to an ongoing dispute over succession and inheritance.

Before her death, she appointed her son, Prince Misuzulu KaZwelithini, a move some royal family members disagreed with.

In addition to the ruling that the coronation of Prince Misuzulu can go ahead, Justice Isaac Madondo also dismissed a claim by the first of the king’s six wives, for 50% of the estate.

Two of the king’s daughters had submitted a claim that their father’s will was forged, which would have meant that Prince Misuzulu should not become king.

Judge Madondo allowed that claim to continue but said that the prince was appointed as heir in his mother’s will, not his father’s, and so his appointment is still valid.

So, the amaZulu will finally have a king again, barring any new disputes.

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