After a succession battle for the throne and factions dominated the Zulu Royal Family shortly after Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu’s passing, an heir has finally been chosen. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi confirmed that the Zulu nation has a new king, a successor to king Goodwill Zwelithini, Prince Misuzulu Zulu.

The Traditional Prime Minister held a 2-hour-long delayed press briefing outside the KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace in KwaNongoma on Saturday afternoon.


During the briefing, Buthelezi said that the family met on Saturday morning to discuss the way forward and the “royal rebels” together with other senior members of the Zulu Royal Family pledged support for the incoming king.

“On our side as the Royal Family and the nation, the king is already on his throne. There are formalities that should follow on the provincial government’s side concerning his installation. If some within the Royal Family wish to contest the will of the late Queen Regent, they are free to do so. In fact, I heard rumours that some were seeking legal advise regarding the matter and looking for ways to stop me from speaking on behalf of the Royal Family.”

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Buthelezi also revealed that Prince Misuzulu who is yet to be coronated as the new king for the Zulu nation will fetch his belongings in Eswatini and return back to South Africa in a week’s time.


Not much is known about the 46-year-old US educated Prince except that;

  • Prince Misuzulu Snqobile kaZwelithini is the oldest surviving son of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini who passed on in March and Queen Mantfombi who passed away on 29 April 2021, less than 2 months after King Zwelithini’s passing and planting.
  • It has been widely reported that he is currently pursuing a degree in International Studies in Jacksonville, Florida. It is not clear whether he has finished or not.  
  • He is unmarried and has one son.


Presh JM Reporter

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