King Misuzulu Biography
Misuzulu Sinqobile kaZwelithini, who was born on September 23, 1974, currently holds the position of King of the Zulu nation. Misuzulu is the first son of King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Great Wife, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini. Although he is the third oldest surviving son of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, he is the first son of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini. After his father passed away on March 12, 2021, Misuzulu was named the heir apparent to the throne of the Zulu nation. However, despite being officially appointed as the king of the Zulu nation, his traditional coronation did not take place until August 20, 2022, following the ceremony known as ukungena esibayeni, in which he entered the cattle kraal. On October 29, 2022, the King was formally crowned and given recognition by the government for his position.
Accession to the Throne
The ascension of King Misuzulu to the throne was not an immediate process, despite the fact that he was King Goodwill Zwelithini’s third oldest surviving son. His claim to the throne would have been automatic in the past; however, the Zulu Kingdom now considers itself to be a constitutional monarchy, in which the leader of the nation must be appointed.  During the interregnum, King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Great Wife, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini, was appointed regent, and on March 24, 2021, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi issued a statement on behalf of the Zulu Royal Family stating that the new king would only be announced after a three-month period of mourning for the late King Goodwill Zwelithini. Queen Mantfombi Dla As part of King Goodwill Zwelithini’s will, Queen Mantfombi was given the responsibility of choosing the successor to the throne.
As soon as King Misuzulu’s father passed away, historians and cultural experts predicted that King Misuzulu would be the one appointed to the throne. Because he was the son of the late King and the late King’s Great Wife, giving him increased status among the late King’s other 28 children, they believed that King Misuzulu would be the one appointed to the throne. King Misuzulu’s mother was the Great Wife of the During that time period, there were senior members of the royal family who stated that the discussion regarding the succession was “premature.” At the funeral service for King Goodwill Zwelithini, the late king’s sister, Princess Thembi Ndlovu, stated that the Royal Family did not yet know who the next king would be and that the individual would be “chosen by God.” She also stated that the Royal Family did not yet know who the next queen would be.
Queen Regent Mantfombi Dlamini passed away from an unnamed illness on April 29, 2021, approximately seven weeks after King Goodwill Zwelithini had passed away. Prior to her passing, the Queen Regent had not publicly appointed the person who would succeed her as Zulu monarch.
At the public reading of the will of the late Queen on May 7, 2021, it was revealed that she had appointed King Misuzulu as the next king of the Zulu nation. This information came to light during the reading of the will. King Misuzulu, who was present during the reading of the will, was escorted away to safety by the South African Police Service and a security detail from eSwatini after the announcement was met with protest from certain members of the royal family.
On the evening of the 19th of August 2022, Misuzulu entered the royal kraal, and the royal hunt began. It lasted until the early morning hours of the 20th of August 2022.
The coronation of the king took place on October 29, 2022, and many politicians, actors, actresses, journalists, royal members, musicians, and crowds of people were there to witness it. Among those in attendance were Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, David Mabuza, Mswati III, Patrice Motsepe, Thabo Mbeki, and many more. The Moses Mabhida Stadium served as the venue for the crowning ceremony. Even city roads were closed off by the authorities.
On May 2, 2021, it was reported in the media that legal documents had been submitted to the Pietermaritzburg High Court challenging the legality of the will that the late King Goodwill Zwelithini had written before his death. Sibongile Winifred Dlamini, the late King’s first wife, along with the two daughters Princess Ntandoyenkosi and Princess Ntombizosuthu, filed the legal challenge. The challenge was brought before the court by the deceased King’s first wife. They contended that the King’s signature had been forged, so they attempted to have the will overturned and have it declared invalid as a result of this. They also submitted an application to the court seeking an injunction against the appointment of a new king or regent while they awaited the court’s decision regarding the legality of the late king’s will. This was done as a stopgap measure.
It is important not to get the King’s Great Wife and the King’s First Wife confused. The King’s Great Wife was actually the King’s third wife, but she had priority over all of his other wives because she was a member of the Swazi Royal Family. The King’s First Wife was the King’s first wife.
The late king wed his first wife in accordance with the laws that govern civil marriages in South Africa. However, he wed his subsequent wives only in accordance with Zulu custom. This is due to the fact that while South African law recognizes polygamous marriages in Zulu custom, it does not recognize polygamous marriages in civil marriages. The allegations that the signature on the late king’s will was forged, as well as the legitimacy of customary marriages that took place after the first civil marriage, were at the heart of the legal dispute that was brought before the court. The matter was scheduled to be heard on May 7th, 2021, which also happened to be the day that King Misuzulu was formally appointed as king.  The hearing scheduled for May 7, 2021 took place in chambers, but it was ultimately postponed. The litigant princesses later claimed that they were unaware that Misuzulu would be appointed king later that same day.
Princess Ntandoyenkosi and Princess Ntombizosuthu returned to court on the 21st of May, 2021, in an effort to interdict the coronation of Misuzulu. In particular, the legal documents requested that an order be issued prohibiting the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal from taking any actions that would formally recognize Misuzulu as king of the Zulu nation, or alternatively, prohibiting President Cyril Ramaphosa from issuing the certificate of recognition to Misuzulu. Both of these requests were made in an effort to obtain an interdict from the court.  The Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act of South Africa requires that in order to officially recognize a king or queen, a presidential certificate of recognition must first be issued, and then the recognition itself must be published in the Government Gazette. This requirement is found in section 9(2)(b) of the Act.  The High Court in Pietermaritzburg has decided to postpone the case so that the princesses can combine it with an earlier court application that challenged the legality of King Goodwill Zwelithini’s will. This decision was reached after the princesses requested the postponement.  According to the order issued by the High Court, the parties were required to submit additional court documents in both cases by the 18th of June in 2021. At that point, it was unknown whether the Zulu Royal Family would proceed with the coronation despite the fact that the matter was being considered by the courts.
The challenge to Misuzulu’s succession to the throne was rejected by the High Court on March 2, 2022, which cleared the way for the coronation to proceed as planned. Presiding judge, Isaac Madondo, said, “There was no room for debate… There have been no complaints brought forward, and no one else has staked a claim to the throne.” While the court case concerning the alleged signature forgery of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s will was scheduled to continue, the judge stated that the matter of choosing new Zulu leadership was the prerogative of the Zulu Royal Family using Zulu customary laws and traditions. This was stated despite the fact that the case concerning the alleged signature forgery of the will was set to continue. He stated that in accordance with those laws, the great wife, who is royalty herself, is the king’s heir, and that the authenticity of her will is not being contested at this time. He said this in response to a question about whether or not the will of the great wife is valid. On March 16th, President Cyril Ramaphosa presented King Misuzulu with a certificate recognizing his position as King of AmaZulu.
On July 7, 2022, it was reported that the Hawks, which is the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation of the South African Police Service, discovered that the signature on the late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s will had been forged.
The news broke on the 4th of August 2022 that the coronation of the King would be scheduled to take place on the 20th of August 2022. This was despite the fact that members of the Zulu Royal Family had appealed the coronation of Misuzulu to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Personal life and education
After completing his primary and secondary education in eSwatini, the country of his mother’s birth, King Misuzulu went on to complete his secondary education in South Africa at St. Charles College in Pietermaritzburg.  On May 6, 2021, one day before the funeral service for his mother, King Misuzulu wed his long-time partner, Ntokozo Mayisela. The ceremony took place on May 6. The event that brought the couple together was the royal wedding of King Misuzulu’s sister, Princess Bukhosibemvelo, and former Transnet executive Sipho Nyawo, which took place at the Durban Botanical Gardens in August 2009.  On the 13th of May 2021, King Misuzulu dispatched a delegation to Mayisela’s residence in accordance with the Zulu marriage custom of negotiating and paying lobola. It was reported that the lobola consisted of eight cows and 50,000 Rand from the South African currency.  eSwatini has provided the king with a second queen, and her name is Queen Nozizwe Mulela. Even though the Lobola and other cultural ceremonies have been performed, the wedding itself has not yet taken place. The monarch and his second queen do not appear to have any offspring together.
In Jacksonville, Florida, some sources state that he already possesses a degree in international studies, while others claim that he is still working toward earning the degree. In addition to the two children he shares with his wife, Ntokozo Mayisela, he also shares a child with Princess Wezizwe Sigcau, who is a member of the amaMpondo royal family.