The legal battle over the royal succession of the Zulu began on Tuesday before the Supreme Court in Pietermaritzburg with an oral motion to the incumbent Judge-President Isaac Madondo to withdraw himself.
Attorney Nigel Redman, Senior Counsel, who represents the late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s first wife, Queen Sibongile Dlamini-Zulu, asked Madondo to resign, as he could potentially get into a conflict of interest as to whether it was necessary for Madondo to make an urgency motion for Madondo to withdraw himself.
The matter was not discussed further.
In her offer, Dlamini-Zulu wishes to inherit 50% of the late king’s estate as she was the only woman to Has civilly married the king.
Dlamini-Zulu claims that the other five women married him are aware of this fact.
The second request is from the late king’s daughters , Prince essin Ntandoyenkosi Zulu and Ntombizos. supports the uthu Zulu Duma, which questions the authenticity of the late king’s will by claiming it was fake.
Both matters have been linked together and are run by members of the royal family, including Prince Misuzulu and Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
It has also been argued that the late king was prevented from entering into an ordinary marriage because he and Queen Dlamini-Zulu were jointly owned.
Attorney Madoda Madonsela, who is representing the defendants on the matter, said Redman asked them to go back in time and look at the “local laws” of the time.
In the trials, the legal team has asked about the validity of other marriages disputed.
The question of the will and the fraudulent signature are still to be discussed.