Disputed AmaZulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini and a faction aligned to him within the Zulu royal family have launched legal action in a bid to nullify the late King Goodwill Zwelithini's marriage to his first wife, Queen Sibongile Dlamini.

An EWN report notes that this follows an application by Dlamini and her two daughters before the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg), in which they challenge Misuzulu's ascendancy to the throne.

They claim that his mother, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, became regent of the Zulu nation by way of a forged will and then irregularly recommended her son to the throne.

The lawyers intend to file the papers in the KZN High Court as the family continues to squabble over the throne.

Dlamini – who is not related to the late Queen Mantfombi – married King Zwelithini in December 1969. She wants 50% of the late king's estate, claiming that she was married to him in community of property.

The legal notice by MisuZulu has also been shared with Dlamini's daughters, princesses Ntandoyenkosi Zulu and Ntombizosuthu Zulu-Duma.

The princesses, together with some members of the Zulu monarchy, want Misuzulu off the throne, claiming that his ascension to the powerful position was illegal.

Full EWN report