The SCA has granted the first wife of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, Queen Sibongile Dlamini-Zulu, leave to appeal the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) judgment, which dismissed her application to have 50% of the estate of the Zulu King set aside for her.

An IoL report says the SCA ruling on Friday came just a day before King Misuzulu kaZwelithini performed the ritual of entering the kraal at KwaKhangalemankengane palace, the last rite before he is coronated.

That ceremony went off without a hitch despite a bid to seek an urgent interdict against the ceremony.

In March 2022, Judge Isaac Madondo dismissed the queen’s application on the basis that it was not clear which part of the estate she was contesting as the royal estate was divided into five categories.

He added that the issue of the estate could only be resolved by the executor of the estate or relevant structure, like the Master of the High Court, and not his court.

The queen had approached the court on the basis that the late king married her in community of property and in a civil rites marriage.

As such, she had to get half of his estate, and the other five wives and children should share the rest, she argued.

In his ruling, Madondo, who is also a customary law expert, said the queen failed to ask the court to declare the other five customary marriages of the king unlawful.

Madondo also dismissed an application which sought to stop the coronation of King Misuzulu on the basis that the will of the late king was forged.

He said even if the signature on the will is found to be forged and set aside, it has no bearing on the succession as the Zulu king is appointed through a custom, which in this case only favours King Misuzulu.

Full IoL report