As the infighting within the Zulu royal family over King Misuzulu’s crowning continues, the appointment of the new traditional prime minister and his deputy will be challenged in court this week.

The application, which was filed last year, would be heard at the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg), according to Prince Mbonisi Zulu’s lawyer, Barnabas Xulu of JG & Xulu Incorporated Attorneys.

While the matter is not specifically challenging Thulasizwe Buthelezi or his deputy Phathisizwe Chiliza, its outcome would determine whether they would continue to hold the positions.

The Sunday Tribune reports that Mbonisi had made the application in November to prevent King Misuzulu from taking any decisions that would affect the monarch, royal family and traditional leaders.

This included appointing a replacement for the late Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi who was the traditional prime minister.

The law firm’s spokesperson, Mkhulu Nsingiza, said the monarch should not have made the appointments because he had been informed of the interdict last year.

‘In particular and specifically, it (pending matter) prevents King Misuzulu from appointing a person to serve as Undunankulu and/or Prime Minister of the Zulu Monarch and of the Kingdom of Amazulu,’ read the statement.

The king announced Buthelezi and Chiliza’s position on 27 January during the 145th commemoration of the 1879 battle of Isandlwana.

Full Sunday Tribune report