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The annual allowance of the Zulu royal house of the government of KwaZulu-Natal was reduced by Rand 5 million after Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala allocated Rand 66 million to the new King AmaZulu Misuzulu Zulu KaZwelithini and his family for the fiscal year 2021/22.
Zikalala announced the amount, which is Rand 5 million lower than last year’s allocation of Rand 71 million, when tabling his vote on the Prime Minister’s Office budget of Rand 802.2 million. for the current fiscal year.
The allocation of funds follows a turbulent few months for the Zulu royal family after the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu in March and then the unexpected death of his wife Queen Mantfombi Dlamini in April.
Zikalala said the provincial government stands ready to provide the necessary support to the royal family during this time and beyond.
âKwaZulu-Natal Traditional Leadership and Governance Act No. 5 of 2005, in its article 17, provides for the recognition of Isilo as the monarch of KwaZulu-Natal, or king as defined in article 1 of the framework law. In established practice, therefore, we have clearly defined the role and relevance of the institution of the monarchy and the obligations of the provincial government towards the royal household.
âIn collaboration with the Royal Family, we will soon finalize and announce the date of the coronation of His Majesty Misuzulu ka Zwelithini. It will be the first coronation in a long time and will be a fitting tribute to His Majesty King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu who would have reached 50 years on the throne this year, âZikalala said.
Zikalala said the R66.074m was allocated for activities including the organization of annual traditional and cultural events to preserve Zulu culture, as well as the organization of heritage events such as the King’s Coronation Day and events of the day of prayer.