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South Africa’s Zulu king is fine after treatment for suspected poisoning

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The Zulu King in South Africa, Misuzulu kaZwelithini is reportedly in good health after undergoing treatment for suspected poisoning.

On Saturday the traditional Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi said in a statement that King Misuzulu may have been poisoned after a senior member of the family, Douglas Xaba suddenly died.

“When His Majesty Misuzulu began to feel unwell, he suspected that he too may also have been poisoned. He immediately sought medical treatment in eSwatini. I am informed that His Majesty felt uncomfortable seeking treatment in South Africa, as his parents had both received treatment here [in SA] and subsequently died,” Buthelezi said explained.

The Zulu royal family said on Sunday that the king only underwent minor check-ups.

“His Majesty wishes to once again reassure the nation that he remains in perfect health and is not currently admitted at any hospital,” the Royal House said in a statement.

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Since the king’s accession to the throne last year, there has been a vicious power struggle raging within the royal family.

Not many are happy with the 48-year-old’s accession to the throne. A faction within the family is challenging his claim to the throne in court.

That faction insist he is not the rightful heir of his late father, King Goodwill Zwelithini but rather another son of the late king, Prince Simakade.

King Zwelithini had six wives and at least 26 children.

The Zulu king does not have formal political power but the his role is significantly influential within broader South African society.


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