Zulu king wants new palace for sixth wife
In the category of things that would never fly in a republic, South Africa’s Zulu king is asking the government to lay out $700,000 to build a palace for his sixth wife.
King Goodwill Zwelithini is asking for appropriation because Queen Zola Mafu, the king’s youngest wife, is sharing a palace with one of his other wives.
In addition, the king wants $1.4 million to upgrade the place of Queen MaMchiza, his fifth wife.
Not surprisingly, this isn’t sitting well with everyone, as the KwaZulu Natal government, one of nine provincial administrations, has already budgeted about $6.9 million for the royal family this year, according to the BBC.
“Opposition parties have previously accused the king, his wives and more than 25 children of lavish spending,” it added.
King Zwelithini, 64 is the leader of South Africa’s largest ethnic group. He became king of the Zulu nation in 1968.
Queen Mafu gained notoriety eight years ago when, as a 14-year-old, she first appeared in public with King Zwelithini.
In 2008, opposition parties criticized King Zwelithini’s wives for spending about $24,000 on linen, designer clothes and costly holidays, according to the BBC.
The king has six queens living in palaces in different parts of Nongoma, a rural area about 185 miles north of Durban. Queen Mafu was living with Queen Mntombi Dlamini, the king’s third wife.
(Above: Goodwill Zwelithini, right, king of the Zulu nation.)