The late leader of Zulu regiments, Mlandeni Mgilija Nhleko, has once again found himself dragged into the raging dispute within the Zulu royal family, which is fighting over who is the rightful king of the Zulu nation.
Late on Wednesday, Zulu Princess Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu, a sister to the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, issued a statement to mourn his passing.
Nhleko, who died on Monday while undergoing treatment for cancer at a private hospital in Richards Bay, made a name for himself when he meticulously commanded a legion of Zulu regiments during the burial of the late king in March this year.
He was later axed from his position after he showed support for former president Jacob Zuma, just days after he surrendered to Estcourt prison to start his 15-month sentence for contempt of the Constitutional Court.
Presiding over Nhleko’s firing, Dr Dumisani Khumalo, the chairperson of the Osuthu royal council, alleged that Nhleko had previously rudely exchanged words with the late king and was also caught on video saying he did not recognise the current king Misuzulu when he took part in an “illegal” traditional royal cleansing hunt following the king’s death.
That ended Nhleko’s career, and even after his clan later apologised to King Misuzulu, he never got the position back.
In her statement of condolence, Princess Thembi, who together with her faction called the “royal rebels”, does not recognise Misuzulu as their King, said was it from the “Zulu royal family” said Nhleko was still the rightful leader of the regiments as appointed by the late king.
She said according to her, the position would only be filled once “a rightfully chosen King of the Zulu nation has ascended to the throne”.
“In Nhleko, we have lost a regiment leader who was dedicated to serving and protecting the monarch, and he was dedicated to that until he took his last breath. His dedication to the monarch and not selling out made him an outstanding person who ensured stability within the Zulu nation and other nations.
“Because of his humility and work, the late King gave him the position of leading his regiments, a position the King left him serving on. As the royal family, we wish to say that he is still the only leader of regiments as rightfully appointed by the late King, and no one will take that position until a new King has been identified by the royal family,” the Princess said in the statement.
The statement seems to suggest that while the dispute over the throne has seemingly been partly doused and with the coronation of Misuzulu set to go ahead early next month in Nongoma, the princess’s faction has not given up the fight yet.
The faction wants the throne to be taken up by Prince Simakade, the first-born son of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, arguing he is the rightful heir.
The statement also partly signals that the faction will likely send its own representatives (to counter King Misuzulu’s delegation, which could attend as the Nhleko family reported Mgilija’s passing to his council) to speak when Nhleko is laid to rest this coming Saturday at his ancestral village Nhlalanwenya near Nongoma.
UPDATE: Princess Thembi Zulu has issued a statement on behalf of the "Zulu royal family" mourning the passing of former Zulu regiments leader, Mgilija Nhleko. She said Mgilija was still the leader of regiments & will only be replaced by a "rightfully chosen King of the nation." pic.twitter.com/WaZptcyKBI
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The warring sides are still waiting for a report from former KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu, who was assigned by the minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, to mediate in the dispute.
Mchunu is believed to have finalised a preliminary report after he and his team met both sides to listen to them. King Misuzulu’s faction was led by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi in his capacity as the traditional prime minister of the king and the Zulu nation.
He met Mchunu and his team together with senior royal family members, Prince Philemon of KwaFihlinqindi and Prince Mbongiseni (MMM) of Osuthu, among others.
Malema Accuses Ramaphosa Of Hiding More Billions
Julius Malema, LEADER of the EFF has alleged that South African’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has hidden in rand undeclared money in his other properties other than Phala Phala farm.
Addressing some party students faithful at the 4th Students Assembly held in Birchwood, Boksburg, on Saturday, the outspoken leader accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of keeping billion of money.
“There are millions more that is being kept under mattresses in other residences. There is still Soweto. There is still Venda. There is still Cape Town and there is still Mpumalanga where monies are stored under mattresses.
We asked the question in Parliament how much is left in these properties because we are talking about one property. All these properties have got money stored,” Malema said.
According to Malema, the ANC party is full of dishonest people who continue to protect Ramaphosa even after they failed to pay ANC workers salaries.
Mr Julius Malema opined that instead of keeping the billions, Ramaphosa could have used the money to pay off the salaries of the ANC workers which has been delayed since some part of 2021.
“To show that the ANC is constituted by sick people they still call such a person their president while they were starving for six months last year as the workers have been working with no salary. Cyril’s conscience does not even say let me take a bit here for the ANC and find a way of giving them a salary …we are talking about billions. He does not have sympathy for those workers who work for his party while he is sleeping on top of billions,” he said.
Over the past few weeks there have calls for President Cryil Ramaphosa to resign amidst growing number of demonstrations.
Meanwhile, EFF leader has said the EFF was in consultation with other opposition parties to bring the country to a standstill with a possible shutdown against Ramaphosa’s failing administration.
“We are in consultation with everyone and we have reached a point where we no longer care. This man must go. We will remove him whether he likes it or not. So when we call for the mother of all shutdowns, every campus must come to a standstill.
Not only students, including workers themselves. We are not going to teach. We are not going to clean. We are not going to manage. We are going to defend South Africa against gangsters because South Africa has been captured by gangsters,” Malema told the students.
JUST IN: Oscar Mabuyane Wins Eastern Cape ANC Elections
The Eastern Cape provincial chairperson position has been retained by Oscar Mabuyane.
Oscar Mabuyane faced a s tiff competition from former provincial treasurer Babalo Madikizela.
Mr Mabuyane had 812 votes while his rival obtained 662 cast in a heavily contested election.
Meanwhile, Mlungisi Mvoko was elected as the deputy chairperson.
The national chairperson Gwede Mantashe address the ANC members at its conference which began on Saturday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa was supposed to deliver the closing remarks on Sunday, but this was moved to Monday after delays.
The governing party used Sunday to deal with the issue of credentials and planned to complete the conference on Monday.
On Sunday until of some of the branch delegates were adopted, the party was stuck on the question of credentials for hours.
More than 1 300 eligible voting delegates participated in electing the five leaders to lead the province and the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).
The battle for control of the party had been intense with both sides pushing hard for their candidates.
ANC NEC deployee Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said “The issues there were about the authority of the court about Rubusana.”
According to him, they had to attend to some serious issues raised at the conference.
This related to the judgment on Saturday that rejected an urgent application by some of the members to exclude some of the branches from the Dr BW Rubusana region.
Motsoaledi said this was one of the sticking points but the conference eventually forged ahead.
Ramaphosa, Xi Jinping Call For End Of War In Ukraine
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have expressed concern about the situation in Ukraine and called for an end to the conflict.
This follows a telephone discussion between Xi and Ramaphosa on Friday.
Xi is the alternate leader that Ramaphosa has verified he has spoken to after the conflict erupted in Ukraine.
A week ago he took a call from Russian chairman Vladimir Putin, and during the question and answer session in the public council this week, Ramaphosa said Putin had emphasised the issue of accommodations to chancing a result.
On Friday he said he’d held analogous addresses with Xi. The chairman also said this week he’d been asked to intervene in Ukraine.
He called for an end to the conflict, saying durable peace was demanded in Ukraine. Ramaphosa had said it would be wrong to simply condemn one side and prompted both parties to come to the negotiating table.
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has also been prompted to play a commanding part in ending the conflict. Ramaphosa this week also called for the reform of the UN Security Council.
Ramaphosa said it was wrong that for a mainland like Africa, with a population of1.3 billion people, it doesn’t have a endless seat in the security council.
JUST IN: Mbali Ntuli Is The Latest Black Leader To Resign From DA
Mbali Ntuli has joined a growing list of prominent black leaders who have left the Democratic Alliance in recent times after she blazoned her abdication from the party on Thursday.
In a statement, Ntuli verified she proffered her abdication as a member of the DA and member of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.
According to her, her decision to quit was not easy, “but one that is necessary for my growth as a community leader”.
The former DA Youth leader who made her bournes clear when she, also Gauteng leader John Moody and John Steenhuisen challenged each other for the public leader position in the last optional conference.
She has frequently spoken out against the DA’s leadership and programs, substantially criminating it of being ineffective and lacking.
In a letter publicizing her intention to dispute the position of party leader, Ntuli noted there were major issues defying the party and its leadership.
She said the party had lost benefactors “ who no longer believe in us”, throwing the DA into a fiscal extremity and as a result, there wasn’t enough backing for constituencies to do political conditioning.
In 2020, Ntuli wrote an open letter named “ Interposers and Outlanders The politicisation of our DA correctional processes”, where she recalled how at some point, the party’s top brass wanted to expel her using bogus charges.
President Cyril Ramaphosa Pleads With UN To Intervene In Russia-Ukraine Conflict
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the intervention of the UN Security Council in the conflict in Ukraine, saying it was not necessary for people to be killed when there was an option of engagement.
Ramaphosa told a litigation forum on Friday that the UN had to intervene to stop the war in the Ukraine.
Russia launched attacks on Ukraine this week.
But it has been condemned by Western countries who have also sent thousands of troops on the eastern flank in Europe.
Ramaphosa said the UN cannot keep quiet when there were options available to stop the conflict.
He said through negotiation, mediation and engagement what is going on in Ukraine could be stopped.
He said people have been killed and infrastructure damaged.
“This mediation approach seems to be losing its effectiveness. We can see now the war that is going on in the Ukraine, I would say that that conflict is a conflict that should be subjected to mediation, to negotiation, to engagement, because it is not necessary for people to go to war, for getting people killed, infrastructure being damaged as it is now, and it behoves on countries of the world, particularly the UN Security Council.
“They are the ones who should be getting more and more engaged in a mediation and one does not see that happening. One does not see that full engagement, and it is this that should be happening to bring hostilities to an end,” said Ramaphosa.