Misuzulu kaZwelithini, Zulu King, is being treated for possible poisoning –
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi claimed that the monarch sought medical attention in Eswatini because he is uncomfortable receiving treatment in South Africa.
This comes after the unexpected death of one of his senior advisers from suspected poisoning, according to Chief Buthelezi.
Last October, King Misuzulu was crowned in front of thousands of his followers.
However, a fierce power struggle has erupted within the royal family in the aftermath of the 48-year-old’s accession.
The Zulu king lacks formal political power, and the monarch’s role in South African society is mostly ceremonial, yet he retains enormous power thanks to a government-funded budget of several million dollars.
A family group is contesting his throne claim in court, claiming that he is not the lawful heir of his late father, King Goodwill Zwelithini.
They believe that Prince Simakade, another son of the late king, should be the ruler.
King Zwelithini had at least 26 offspring and six spouses.
Queen Sibongile Dlamini-Zulu and her two daughters have also challenged King Zwelithini’s will in court.
Last year, a court dismissed their complaint, but they stated that they will appeal the decision.
There is no evidence that any member of the royal family is responsible for King Misuzulu’s suspected poisoning.
The South African police have yet to respond to the allegations.
According to Chief Buthelezi’s statement, a key adviser to King Misuzulu who stayed with him “passed away quite suddenly and there are suspicions that he was poisoned.”
“When His Majesty became ill, he suspected that he, too, had been poisoned.”
“He sought medical attention in Eswatini right away.” “I am informed that His Majesty was hesitant to seek treatment in South Africa because both of his parents had received treatment in South Africa and died,” Chief Buthelezi added.
While the monarch had just recruited a communications director in his office, Chief Buthelezi stated that as the traditional prime minister, he had an obligation to tell the Zulu nation of “this worrying situation.”
“Our primary concern is the King’s well-being.” We, the Zulus, pray for His Majesty’s full and speedy recovery.
“If there is a need for further investigations, the authorities will look into it,” Chief Buthelezi added.
The accession of King Misuzulu was unexpected and unexpected.
His father died of diabetes-related complications during the Covid epidemic in March 2021.
He was the Zulu nation’s longest-reigning ruler, having reigned for nearly 50 years.
Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, King Misuzulu’s mother, then became regent, but she died a month later.
She was the sister of King Mswati III of Eswatini, Africa’s only absolute king.
Chief Buthelezi refuted rumors that she had been poisoned at the time.
He had supported King Misuzulu’s ascent to the throne, but recent rumors stated that the two had grown apart.
It was the result of a disagreement over the presidency of the Ingonyama Trust Board, which controls enormous swaths of territory under the monarch’s jurisdiction.
According to local media, the king chose Chief Thanduyise Mzimela as its chairman, but Chief Buthelezi objected since he felt he was inexperienced for the position.