Prince Simakade has finally filed his legal bid to challenge the recognition of Misuzulu KaZwelithini as the king of the Zulu nation, starting his journey to dethrone his half-brother.

The Mercury reports the first-born son of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini also wants President Cyril Ramaphosa’s gazette that announced and certified the recognition of the king to be declared invalid and set aside.

Just days before the Reed Dance at Enyokeni Palace, the prince has approached the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria).

The court papers were filed with the court on Monday and the sheriff of Pietermaritzburg served all the cited parties yesterday.

Apart from the court orders that Prince Simakade seeks regarding the recognition of King Misuzulu, he wants the court to bar Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi from convening any meeting where a king of the Zulu nation can be identified.

‘Interdicting the eighth respondent (Buthelezi) from convening any meeting of the persons constituting the seventh respondent or of any other group to identify a person to assume the position of Isilo (king),’ he said in the papers.

Full report in The Mercury