Johannesburg – The Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) has come out guns blazing against the intended plan by the eSwatini government to protect new Zulu king Misuzulu kaZwelithini. The organization says it rebukes the Swazi royal family for getting involved in the petty squabbles concerning the succession to the Zulu throne.
In recent days, reports have outlined that the safety and security of King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has been compromised as a result of the battles within the royal family. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has refuted claims that state security has also been withdrawn.
It has been reported that there was an outburst and absolute chaos after Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s will was read out to the family declaring Misizulu ka Zwelithini as the new King.
SSN which is a solidarity partner to all Swazis who seek to liberate themselves from the eSwatini monarchy says the Zulu Royal family has all the means to solve their issues amicably without the interference of any third parties.
Lucky Lukhele, SSN National Spokesperson said that “It is therefore completely unnecessary for his uncle to send him a security detail comprising members of the Swazi army and the police and to keep shuttling him between Swaziland and his home in Kwazulu. This is a huge cost to the Swazi tax payer.”
The organization says it decries and condemns the wastage of Swazi taxes by the king in his commitment to protect his nephew King Misuzulu against his detractors.
“The king and his delusional family members like parading themselves as people ordained to rule over others by a supernatural being. If this is true then King Misuzulu should have very little to worry about in terms of security because whichever supernatural being that ordained him will protect him.
It is not the first time that Misuzulu and his siblings benefit from their uncle. They have been living off the wealth of poor Swazis ever since they were born. Misuzulu’s studies in the United State were paid for by Tibiyo, an investment firm belonging to the nation which the king holds in trust.”
According to SSN, while Misuzulu and other royal nephews were being pampered in Indiana, most Swazis lacked the finances to pursue high school education, let alone tertiary. The many Swazis earning “meagre” wages are now expected to continue pampering and protecting a 46-year-old millionaire.
Lukhele says this is totally unacceptable, unsustainable and shows poor judgement on the Zulu king’s part. “Relying on an unpopular despot for protection means that should the Swazis eventually decide to rise against his uncle, he will be left vulnerable and exposed.”