An Appeal From the Zulu Royal Family

Statement by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP
Inkosi of the Buthelezi Clan and
Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and Nation


Since the passing of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, the Royal Family has kept the nation informed every step of the way on matters related to the King’s succession.

Despite this, however, there is a continued stream of pontification and speculation through the media by academics and apparent experts on what might be happening within the Royal Family.

This has the capacity, wittingly or unwittingly, to create conflict and disquiet. The Royal Family therefore asks again to be given the space to mourn. We appeal to those who have opinions on the matter of succession to show respect for the late King and for the grieving Family, and to refrain from stirring up speculation.

The nation may rest assured that the Family is dealing with all necessary matters and will take them to finality. It is preferrable, however, that this process be accomplished without the unnecessary distress of misleading conjectures.