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Court rules late King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekzulu’s will valid



The late AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s will was confirmed by the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday, stating that the signatures on the will, dated November 26, 2016, are those of King Zwelithini.

Ntandoyenkosi Zulu and Ntombizosuthu Zulu Duma, the daughters of Queen Sibongile Zulu Dlamini, had gone to court, claiming that their late father’s signature had been forged.

The princesses were unable to demonstrate that the will was fabricated and that Prince Misuzulu kaZwelithini should not be allowed to succeed to the throne. The Zulu royal council gathered in May 2021 and named Misuzulu as his successor.


King Zwelithini’s will said that following his death in 2021, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, who is known as the great wife since she comes from the royal family of eSwatini, would be the one to fill the late king’s shoes.

Queen Mantfombi died before attaining the throne, but she left instructions for her son, Misuzulu, to be named King of AmaZulu.


The first wife, Queen Sibongile, told the court that she and King Zwelithini were married in a community of property, which meant she was entitled to half of the late king’s inheritance.

She contended that the remaining assets of the late king’s estate would have to be shared among the other wives.

Queen Sibongile Dlamini Zulu’s plea to claim half of King Zwelithini’s inheritance was denied with costs.


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