RAMAPHOSA ACCUSED OF DELAYING BATTLE OVER ZULU THRONE.
The lawyers representing Prince Simakade in his bid to dethrone his younger brother, Zulu King Misuzulu, have accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of failing to provide their client with his record of decision.
Prince Simakade is suing Ramaphosa; Misuzulu; Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, in his capacity as the traditional prime minister of the Zulus; Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma; KwaZulu-Natal premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube; the national and provincial houses of traditional leaders; and the Zulu royal family.
In his application to the North Gauteng High Court, Simakade, who is the eldest son of late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, says he wants the decision taken at the May 2021 meeting, convened by Buthelezi and purporting to be the royal family, to be reviewed and set aside.
He is also wants Ramaphosa’s March 2022 decision to recognise Misuzulu, and the August 2022 coronation, or recognition ceremony, held to recognise his brother as the Isilo, to be reviewed and set aside.
He accused Ramaphosa of failing, without reason, to follow the recommendation of the mediation panel set up to settle the dispute that the president should not decide to recognise Misuzulu, pending a full investigation into the heir to the Zulu throne.
Simakade’s uncle and Zwelithini’s half-brother Prince Mbonisi and 27 others are also challenging Misuzulu’s recognition and the current king, Buthelezi and the royal family are opposing the matter.
Johann Hamman of Hamman Moosa Incorporated told the Sunday Independent that Misuzulu and Buthelezi, who are represented by law firm Strauss Daly Attorneys, wanted Simakade and Mbonisi’s applications to be consolidated and heard by one judge, which they opposed.