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Old 02-18-2012, 01:17 PM
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Batlokwa/Molefe succession dispute

Molefes split over new chief

A feud has erupted in the Molefe clan in Nqutu, northern KwaZulu-Natal, over the pending appointment of 26-year-old Bokang Molefe as the new chief.
Molefe is tipped to succeed his father Alphas Molefe, who died last year. But the move has created ill-feeling within the clan because some members say Molefe senior had only been a regent who was supposed to rule until his nephew Kopano came of age.
Bokang Molefe is expected to be installed by King Goodwill Zwelithini as the clan's traditional leader within the next few weeks.
"Alphas was not the rightful leader," said elder Norman Molefe. "It was his nephew Kopano and his sister Eva who should have been given the position after their father Mahlonono, who was our leader, died."
He said Alphas Molefe was appointed as regent because Kopano was a minor. Kopano's mother had expected Alphas to vacate the position when her son came of age.
"The next day Kopano's home was burnt to ashes. Kopano was forced to leave the area and he is still in hiding," the elder claimed.

Lennox Mabaso, local government spokesperson for traditional affairs, said he was unaware of any plan to install a new leader.
"The department has to follow a process when an inkosi is appointed. This involves consultation between the department and the family."
Molefes split over new chief - Sowetan LIVE

More info on the Batlokwa clan:

The Molefes of Nqutu are not the only Molefe/Batlokwa tribal authorty. There are a number of Molefe/Batlokwa chieftancies throughout South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho.
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Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi (born 27 August 1928) is a South African Zulu politician who founded the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in 1975. His praise name is Shenge.

  • Umntwana waKwaphindangene (Prince of Kwaphindangene) 1928-
  • Inkosi yeSizwe sakwaButhelezi (Chief of the Buthelezi tribe) 1953-
  • UNdunankulu weSizwe samaZulu (Traditional Prime Minister of the Zulu Nation)
He was married 2 July 1952 to Irene Audrey Thandekile Mzila, and they had three sons and five daughters:[5]
  • Princess Phumzile Buthelezi, born 1953. Mother of Prince Nkosinathi Buthelezi (died in 2002 in a car crash) and Prince Bongimpumeleo Khumalo
  • Prince Zuzifa Buthelezi, born 1955. Father to Princess Nokuthula Buthelezi and Prince Zakhithi Buthelezi
  • Princess Mandisi Sibukakonke Buthelezi, died of HIV/AIDS on 5 August 2004, leaving one son, Prince Zamokuhle.[6]
  • Princess Mabhuku Snikwakonke Buthelezi, born 1957, died 1966.
  • Princess Lethuxolo Buthelezi, born 1959, died 27 July 2008 in a car crash.[7] Is survived by daughter Princess Latoya Buthelezi
  • Prince Nelisuzulu Benedict Buthelezi, born 21 March 1961, died of HIV/AIDS on 29 April 2004. He is survived by the Princes Mongezi, Sibonelo and Simingaye Buthelezi
  • Prince Phumaphesheya Buthelezi. born 1963. Father to Prince Nkululeko, Princess Nqobile and Princess Sphesihle Buthelezi
  • Princess Sibuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi, born 1969, mother of Princess Ntandoyenkosi Nkeiruka Buthelezi

Mangosuthu Buthelezi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chief Buthelezi Hospitalised: Mangosuthu Buthelezi hospitalised | News24

Chief Buthelezi and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

He is the cousin of King Goodwill Zwelethini of the amaZulu. Chief Buthelezi's mother was Princess Magago Dinuzulu

Princess Constance Magogo Sibilile Mantithi Ngangezinye kaDinuzulu (1900–1984) was a Zulu Princess and artist, and mother to Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Inkatha Freedom Party leader.
Princess Magogo was born in 1900, the daughter of the Zulu King, Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo (1868–1913) and Queen Silomo. In 1926 she married Chief Mathole Buthelezi. Princess Magogo composed Zulu classical music and was gifted in playing ugubhu, (a stringed bow and a calabash instrument) and isithontolo (a musical instrument which is like a bow which has a string bound down to the middle of the bow) and was also a singer. Despite being raised in a culture then oppressive to women the Princess continued her music after marriage. This enabled her to contribute in the development of traditional music. Through the training of many young singers she made an unprecedented contribution to the preservation of traditional music.
As imbongi (praise singer) she transcended the boundaries of this role, which was traditionally a male preserve, to lament on her marriage and the lives of especially the Zulu people. Her career gained momentum in 1939 with a recording of some of her performances by Hugh Tracey. In making public appearances the Princess again broke custom, maintaining her dedication to music. By the 1950s, her music was widely recorded and played by the South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC), David Rycroft and West German Radio. These recordings afforded Magogo an international audience and recognition. Her work was made largely from existing Zulu songs and folktales, and she extended them into music accompanied by the ugubhu.
In December 2003 she was posthumously awarded the South African National Order of Ikhamanga in Gold for a life of prolific musical composition, and an outstanding contribution to the preservation and development of traditional music in South Africa.
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:09 PM
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Hlubi King Langalibalele I symbolically released by Britain

The British High Commissioner to South Africa, Ann Grant, released the late King Langalibalele from "imprisonment" 130 years after his arrest as a gesture of reconciliation and goodwill in front of his amaHlubi people near Estcourt on Sunday
Langalibalele defied British colonists in the 1870s, leading to his arrest and imprisonment on Robben Island in 1874, from where he was later moved to house arrest in 1884.
He died a prisoner in 1889 and Sunday's ceremony was to "free and restore him to his position".
The ceremony was attended by the speaker of the national parliament Baleka Kgotsisile, KwaZulu-Natal cabinet members Mike Mabuyakhulu and Dr Zweli Mkhize, and the current amaHlubi chief, Muziwenkosi Langalibalele II.
Grant handed Muziwenkosi an antique royal chair and a leopard skin, which was greeted with jubilation by his subjects. Grant paid tribute to the courage and leadership of the late Langalibalele and said the ceremony was to break the chains that bound the king.
AmaHlubi spokesperson Bhekithemba Langalibalele said the ceremony was a way for amaHlubi to reclaim their status as a nation.
He said in a proclamation issued by the British in 1874, after Langalibalele was dethroned, the amaHlubi were declared to no longer exist as a nation.
"This ceremony was significant in a number of ways."
Because it was the British who dethroned our king and destroyed our nation, today was important in that they brought back what they destroyed, he said.
AmaHlubi, he said, exist under the current king in many different parts of the country, from the Eastern Cape, to Ixopo, Newcastle and Rustenburg.
With provincial government committing itself to the improvement of the lives of amaHlubi and the British committing themselves to supporting such efforts, Langalibalele said it was only a matter of time before amaHlubi reclaimed their former status as the most prosperous nation in the province.
AmaHlubi, although settled in KwaZulu-Natal, do not consider themselves as Zulus and instead are agitating for their current king to have the same status as other traditional leaders at the level of the current Zulu king.
They originated from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville and settled in the northern parts of the country near the Mozambique border.
From there different groups spread in different directions with amaHlubi moving southward and settling in what is now Newcastle, Ladysmith and Utrecht.
However a skirmish with Zulu King Mpande's warriors forced a move to their current area around Giant's Castle.
130 years later, a king is freed - South Africa | IOL News |
British High Commissioner to South Africa, Ann Grant, "released" the late King Langalibalele from "imprisonment" 130 years after his arrest as a gesture of reconciliation and goodwill in front of amahlubi people and an array of dignitaries during the commemoration of the Battle of Langalibalele Pass.

The battle, which took place on November 3, 1873 broke out between the amahlubi and British troops after Langalibalele refused to register guns that his subjects had received as payments for working on the Kimberley diamond mines.

Subsequent to the skirmish, which left three whites and 200 Africans dead, Langalibalele fled to Lesotho where he was arrested and "dethroned", before facing a trial in Pietermaritzburg and being sent to Robben Island.

The tribe, which is scattered in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, does not consider itself Zulu. Instead its members are calling for their king to have the same status as other traditional leaders at the level of the current Zulu king.

Govender said the tribe was also seeking reparations from the British government for destroying their kingdom.

"During the commemoration the British Government promised the amahlubi about R21-million.

"However, since then nothing has happened. We are now trying to engage in diplomatic negotiations with the British government."
Court to decide on amaHlubi monarchy - Politics | IOL News |
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King Goodwill Zwelethini's Palace at nongoma

Z01 Kings palace before the ceremony

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Old 02-18-2012, 02:18 PM
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Hello Friends,

I've posted 14 new posts today about South African royalty. Please be sure to visit previous posts/pages to learn about the Modjadji Queenship, the Buthelezi Clan, the Batlokwa, Princess Nandi Zulu, and the amaHlubi nation.

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Chief Mandla Mandela faces Bigamy Charges

NELSON Mandela's controversial grandson, Mandla Mandela, is facing a charge of bigamy after his first wife brought criminal charges against him on Tuesday evening.

Tando Mabunu-Mandela opened a case with the Bityi police station in the Transkei after her estranged husband defied a court order not to marry a third woman in a traditional ceremony last Saturday.
Already fighting civil charges in the Mthatha High Court, the criminal charge is the latest blow to Mandela - a Member of Parliament - and the provincial ANC leadership has now urged senior members of the Mandela family to intervene and take charge of a situation they fear has spiraled out of control.
It was last year that Mandela went against Mabunu-Mandela's wishes to marry a second wife, French teenager Anais Grimaud.
Though the two have since had a child the marriage was annulled by the court some months later after the presiding officer found that Mandela did not have a right to marry more than one woman because he and Mabunu-Mandela were already married under civil law.
According to the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act "no spouse of a marriage entered into under the Marriage Act of 1991, is, during the sustenance of such marriage, competent to enter into another marriage".
The act further states that a civil marriage and a traditional African marriage could never coexist between a husband and two or more wives.
Mandela and Mabunu-Mandela were married in community of property in 2004. While Mabunu-Mandela filed for divorce just five years later, the two have been at loggerheads regarding ownership of assets ever since - a matter preventing the divorce from going through.
Mabunu-Mandela had brought an urgent application to the court last Tuesday, asking it to interdict her husband from marrying a third woman at Mvezo Great Place on Christmas eve. The application succeeded. But Mandela defied the court order and went ahead with his nuptials to KwaZulu-Natal woman Mbalenhle Makhathini, now known as Nkosikazi Nodiyala Mandela.
While Mabunu-Mandela's attorney, Wesley Hayes, said he would bring an application to the court for Mandela and his new bride to be held in contempt, and that the marriage be annulled, Mabunu-Mandela went a step further on Tuesday evening to bring criminal charges against her husband.
A captain at the Bityi police station yesterday confirmed that a charge of bigamy had been opened against Mandela. He said the matter was still under investigation. No arrests had been made by the time of going to print.
But yesterday provincial ANC spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane said the negative publicity surrounding Mandela's marriages could damage his family name.
"It is a family affair, but Mandla is a public figure, so this matter needs to be resolved amicably and as quickly as possible. It is time for senior members in Madiba's family to take charge," Qoboshiyane said.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said bigamy was an extremely rare charge in South Africa.
"I can't even remember the last time someone was convicted of bigamy. But it is a very serious offence and would need to be investigated properly before further legal action can be taken."
In 2004, Reverend Allan Boesak's son-in-law, Barnard Theyssen, was charged with bigamy. The current status of the case is not clear.
Then, in June last year, businessman Cyril Ramaphosa's brother, Douglas, was charged with bigamy after his wife Ntsoaki had him arrested for marrying someone else while still married to her. The matter is still pending.
Mandela grandson faces criminal charges - Sowetan LIVE[_id]=76978

Mandla and his estranged wife, Tando.

Mandla Mandela Ordered not to marry
‘If there is anyone who can show cause why these two people should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or for ever hold your peace.”
Instead of waiting for the priest to say these words before objecting to her estranged husband’s intended wedding this weekend, Tando Mabunu-Mandela secured an interdict from the Mthatha High Court on Thursday, interdicting Mandla Mandela from marrying his Pietermaritzburg-born sweetheart.
The interdict means that preparations for Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, to marry Mbali Makhathini, of Pelham, Pietermaritzburg, should be put on ice, but it was unclear on Thursday if the couple would heed the court order.
Mandela had not responded to Mabunu-Mandela’s application or sent lawyers to the court to defend the action. He and his lawyers were nowhere to be seen when Judge Gloria Mjali ruled against him.
The wedding ceremony was due to take place tomorrow at Mvezo village, outside Mthatha, where Mandela is a chief.
According to the order handed down by Judge Mjali, Mandela and Makhathini are interdicted from marrying on December 24, or on any other date.

The court also ordered that Mandela and Makhathini pay the costs of the application.
On Thursday Mandla Mandela said Mabunu-Mandela was intentionally delaying divorce procedures.
“My attorney... made a generous offer to the legal representatives of Ms Mabunu this week in full and final settlement of the divorce she seeks, including maintenance payments,” he said.
His lawyers offered to grant Mabunu-Mandela the divorce, with the agreement that a monetary settlement be determined by the court.
“Instead of engaging these offers seriously, Ms Mabunu appears intent on delaying the matter indefinitely while attracting negative publicity.”
Makhathini refused to comment.
Mabunu-Mandela’s lawyer, Wesley Hayes, said he was pleased with the ruling.
“This order means that they cannot have any wedding ceremony or celebration, because it would be against the law.”
Mabunu-Mandela says in court papers that she and Mandela were in a civil marriage, and that civil and customary marriages can never coexist between one spouse and his other spouses.
She was still married to Mandela and does not want Makhathini to benefit from money which should be hers.
This is not the first time Mabunu-Mandela has gone to court to have her husband’s marriages declared illegal.
Seven months ago, she was successful in a court application to have Mandela’s marriage to Reunion Island-born Anais Grimaud-Mandela declared illegal. The court ordered that the marriage be expunged from the Department of Home Affairs’ registers.
Mabunu-Mandela has been in running battles with Mandela since she filed for divorce in 2009.
Their divorce proceedings are still pending. She also had R100 000 of Mandela’s assets attached, as he failed to pay her maintenance. - The Mercury
Mandela ordered not to marry - Crime & Courts | IOL News |

Mandla Mandela interdicted from marrying

Tando Mabunu-Mandela has successfully interdicted her husband Mandla Mandela from marrying Swazi princess Nodiyeala Makhathini this weekend.
Mandla Mandela interdicted from marrying - Politics | IOL News |

Mandla and his illegal wife Anais who is from Reunion:

Mandla, Anais on their wedding day with Thobeka Mabhija/Madiba, one of President Jacob Zuma's wives.

Another picture of the couple on their wedding day.

If you are confused as to why legal action has been taken against Mandla Mandela, when polygamy is legal in this country - where our very own president is a polygamist - this is because according to culture (which informs our polygamy laws), a man must have the consent of his first wife before he takes another. He cannot marry additional wives without the consent of his first wife. As Tando and Mandla are legally married, she is well within her rights to stop him from marrying other women.
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Princess Tirelo Molotlegi of Bafokeng nation interview

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Oprah Winfrey and Princess Nandi Zulu
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Her Royal Highness, Princess Queen Mantfombi Zulu

She is the sister of the current king of Swaziland, King Mswati III, and one of the 201 children of King Shobhuza II from his 70 wives.

Queen Sibongile, King Zwelethini's first wife:

King Goodwill Zwelithini with Queen Sibongile MaDlamini Zulu and KZN provincial premier S'busiso Ndebele at a gala dinner in honour of the King's 60th anniversary in Durban on Monday night. Pic. Siyabonga Mosunkutu. 11/08/08. © Sowetan.

Queen Buhle:
Queen Thandi:

Queen Thandi (left)

Queen Nompumelelo:

One of the King's wives and his daughters (I think the wife is Princess Mantfombi and the girl in the middle is Princess Bukhosibemvelo, and on the right is Princess Ntandoyesizwe):

King Goodwill Zwelithini's wife and daughters - a photo on Flickriver

Married Zulu women wear the traditional headdress, long skirts and cloaks, whereas maidens often go bare-breasted. Daughters of Chiefs and Kings wear red feathers in their hair.

Pictures of some of his daughters from the annual Reed Dance Festival: Zulu Kings Reed Dance - a set on Flickr

King Zwelethini and his wife "Princess Nompumelelo" according to the website, but this looks like Queen Zola to me:

More images of the royal couple here:

A group photo of the Queens in Western attire during the wedding of one of HM King Goodwill Zwelethini's daughters:

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - 15 August 2009: More than 1 000 guests attended the wedding of King Goodwill Zwelithini's daughter, Princess Bukhosibemvelo Zibuyile Zulu, 24, and Ngwavuma-born businessman Sipho Nyawo, 49, at Durban's Botanic Gardens on Saturday. Pictured are the wives of King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Many more pictures here: Princess Bukhosibemvelo Zibuyile and Sipho Nyawo – Weddings and engagements

More pictures from the wedding of King Goodwill Zwelethini's daughter to Sipho Nyawo. She was 24 years old at the time, while he was 49 years of age.

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Another Royal Wedding:

"My princess, My reason to rejoice." In a day filled with happiness, love and tradition, Princess Ntombi Zwelethini (L) weds her businessman sweetheart, Mbongiseni Duma (R). Ntombi and Mbongiseni's white wedding was held the day before the traditional wedding. (Photo by Gallo Images/Drum)

Zulu king to take another wife

March 3 2004 at 02:41am
By Sipho Khumalo
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini ka-Bhekuzulu is on the verge of being married to his sixth wife, a 20-year-old Swazi national.
High-level negotiations are presently under way between the king's emissaries and the family of the woman.
This was announced by Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Tuesday in his capacity as prime minister of the Zulu kingdom.
The king has five wives, including a Swazi princess, Mantfombi Dlamini, who is the daughter of the late Swazi king, Sobhuza II.
"His Majesty the King has commanded me to announce that negotiations are going on between himself and Mr Agrippa Mafu of Swaziland concerning the king's imminent betrothal to Zola Zelusiwe Mafu, the daughter of Agrippa Mafu and his wife Rose," Buthelezi said yesterday.
"The king's third Queen is Princess Mantfombi, the daughter of the late king Sobhuza II of Swaziland.
"The king states that in accordance with the Swazi custom, Queen Mantfombi took the initiative to look for a possible young bride for her husband.
"The daughter of Mr Mafu was brought to the KwaKhangelamakengane Palace where Queen Mantfombi resides with the consent and permission of her mother and father," said Buthelezi.
However, Buthelezi, said the matter was still being negotiated.
The king's five wives are Queen Sibongile (nee Dlamini), Queen Buhle (nee Mathe), Queen Mantfombi (nee Dlamini), Queen Thendekile (nee Ndlovu) and Queen Nompumelelo (nee Mchiza).
Zulu king to take another wife - South Africa | IOL News |

This article is from 2004. It is sometimes the wife of a man or a king who seeks out additional brides for him. This would help ensure that the man or King has many heirs, and also provides additional hands to help out in the household!

The Swazi Bride in question:

Queen Zola (nee Mafu).

Princesses Nandi and Nhlendla on the King's birthday:

JOY: Princess Nandi Nqobangothando and Princess Nhlendla with the king. Pic. Mhlaba Memela. 11/08/08. © Sowetan.

Princess Nandi Zulu at the royal palace at Nongoma where she and her siblings, as well as Queen Buhle live. It is the primary residence of the King where the maidens bring him reeds during the annual Reed Dance.

Newlyweds: Princess Ntandoyesizwe and her groom, Oupa Moilwa, display their wedding rings. Photo: Sbu Mpeke, Sunday Indpendent

Full article:

Oupa Moilwa died in 2010. Pictures of the royal family at the funeral are available here:

I will post info of his sons, and members of the extended Zulu Royal Family.

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Zulu Princes

Prince Africa Zulu of "Undercover Prince" fame:

(Prince Africa is not one of HM King Goodwill Zwelethini's sons. He is a member of the extended royal family. His website includes a family tree.)

He is a Zulu prince used to royal treatment. However, the treatment he alleges to have received at a Sandton hotel was anything but royal when he was kicked off the hotel premises and told never to set foot there again.
Full article, picture and comments: Luxury hotel gives prince a royal snub - Gauteng | IOL News |

Prince Mbonisi dancing with Swazi Princesses:

A Zulu prince dances with Swazi princesses at his wedding. – News Watch

Queen Mantfombi and Prince Misuzulu: Company Announcement: DBSA contributes to the plight of Aids Orphans in KwaZulu-Natal
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Thanks for the information!
It is surprising to learn that any Prince would participate in any reality show.
“Women are not like wine, it’s not like the more they age, the better they get. They age quickly, so they are like milk.”
This sounds awkward.
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You are welcome.

In some cases, Royals are under the same restrictions that Royals in Britain or elsewhere would face.

There is more recent information on the previous page.
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Such a pretty wedding dress, I especially like the Bottace and the lace bolero against her skin!
God is in the Details.....
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Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng Nation

Queen Mother of the 300 000-strong Royal Bafokeng - Africa's richest and most prosperous royal family - Semane Moletlegi was born into one dynasty, the Khama, and married into another, the Bafokeng. The Bafokeng kingdom, with almost R10bn in mining assets, has been enterprising for centuries and is located on the world's second-largest platinum reef, about 250 km northwest of Johannesburg.

The instrument of rule of this nation is an ambitious, vigorously pursued programme called Vision 2020. Through it they have built schools, provided international scholarships, clinics, roads and access to electricity and water.

Queen Semane was born Semane Khama in 1943, into the royal Khama family of Botswana, whose seat is based in Serowe in the east of that country and is the seat of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled the country since independence in 1966.

She married the late king of the Bafokeng, Kgosi Lebone Mollwane Moletlegi, renowned for his prudence, strategic swiftness and for his preservation of the mineral rights of his people even under the most punitive political regimes.

Wily past leadership resulted in land dispossessions and through the intervention of missionaries the Bafokeng people were able to buy back their land.

The land yielded platinum and asbestos. The Bafokeng then leased it back to mining houses on a use-it-or-lose-it basis - then used the royalties to develop their 70 000 ha of land, that is divided into 72 traditional wards.

Central to latter-day planning and development is Queen Semane, often said to be the power behind the throne of her son King Leruo Moletlegi - 36th paramount ruler of the Bafokeng.

The Queen Mother had a privileged education. She also ensured a modern education for her children, sending them to top private schools in Natal and universities in SA and abroad. Yet she kept a tight rein on their grooming as traditional leaders. She is known for her fraternal approach to the royal houses in the Southern African region, often using her community spirit to advance investments and relationships - earning her the reputation of being a skilful statesman.

She has often championed the role of traditional leaders in the conservation and promotion of indigenous foods, resources and is a compelling advocate of rural entrepreneurship.

She is the author of a case study and position paper titled "Developing and Nurturing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises as a Tool to achieve the 2020 Vision of the Royal Bafokeng". The paper is instructive as an assessment of SMME development in SA.

She works with modern companies to secure the social and economic interests of the Bafokeng. She initiated and saw to the development of a web of highly functional enterprise development projects in the kingdom, and authored various publications on the commercialisation of life and development in traditional societies.

She has struck up relationships with mining houses like Amplats and other big businesses like Sun International. She is also credited with the foresight to have leveraged the tourism potential of the North West Province to the benefit of the subjects of her kingdom.

She started a project called Craft Planet, which uses refuse to make African crafts. These have been so successful that they have been showcased in various national decor fairs, including Decorex.

These mats, cushions and tablecloths have been part of a booming trade to tourists to the North West, who come for its wildlife and gambling at entertainment resort Sun City.

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Buthelezi Family

25 January 2006. South Africa. IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi and his daughter, Princess Lethuxolo at Anton Rupert's memorial service.

Gallo Images - south africa mangosuthu buthelezi princess lethuxolo

Princess Lethuxolo Buthelezi, born 1959, died 27 July 2008 in a car crash

Buthelezi's epileptic son lives on hand-outs

Buthelezi's epileptic son lives on hand-outs - Sowetan LIVE
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Wedding of King Goodwill Zwelethini to Swazi Princess

Zulu Kings Wedding South Africa Circa 1975..Swazi Princess Mantfombi..Copyright Picture:KERRIS BERRINGTON.

Pictures here: Zulu King and Swazi Princess Wedding - Images |

I have previously posted pictures from the weddings of King Zwelethini's daughters.

Interesting note:
A tradition, among most tribes of the time, was to have an isigodlo or harem of girls, regarded as the chief’s sisters or daughters that he could marry off to influential friends...
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Originally Posted by wedmonds View Post
I would like to know do the royalty of South Africa have to pay taxes? I think that it would be strange to make royalty pay taxes as I thought that it was the King or Queen's government, that is almost like paying taxes to one's self?? That doesn't make much sense to me. It would also make sense if the royalty held diplomatic immunity.
Yes, they do have to pay taxes. South Africa is not a constitutional monarchy, and even the immediate or distant members of tribal authorities who are allocated a budget by the state have to pay income tax, etc. They do not pay taxes to themselves as they do not collect taxes; the Revenue Service does. Some are involved in businesses, while others work. They don't govern, and they don't have diplomatic immunity either. All citizens - including royals - are subject to the laws of the land. South Africa may recognise royals, however we have an egalitarian constitutional system.
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Originally Posted by mum View Post
The more wives they have, the merrier and of course lots and lots of children!! The Zulutribe believes in polygamy and that is why our President Zuma is already married to 3 women and engaged to another women as well. They also believe (like other tribes in South Africa) to have children before they get married. The Zulu 'Kingdom' originated from Tshaka, a Zulu warrior that was also a very brutal man (even to his own people). I'm sorry, but I will never look upon them the same way as Royals from other countries. You must also remember that we as taxpayers must help provide for them!
Mum, you are ignorant. Shaka was born of Senzangakhona who was the Chief of the Zulus. He then expanded - yes, in a brutal way. The Europeans were also brutal, why else do you think they supported racism, slavery, colonialism, emperialism, execution of anyone who criticised them? Oh, but European brutality is acceptable and respectable to you?

A Zulu man according to tradition and the law, may not take other wives without the consent of his first wife. A man is not encouraged to have children before marriage, and if he has pre-marital sex with a woman he owes her family cattle as a fine and should marry and take care of her, especially if she becomes pregnant.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Rascal View Post
Hi, mum. I am not as familiar with the royals/former royals in South Africa as I am with those in Uganda. I hope you don't mind me asking....does the South African constitution mention tribal leaders/chiefs/kings at all? and if so, in what context? I have done more research on Uganda, which only relatively recently restored some level of autonomy on the traditional leaders of different tribes, formally recognizing many of them in the constitution, but at the same time very clearly stating that no one can be forced or coerced to pledge allegiance, loyalty, or be made to contribute financially to any of the traditonal leaders. In addition, none of them may participate in politics.

I understand that the Zulu king has a great deal of influence in the country (and isn't one of his cousins a former prime minister or minister of foreign relations?) and that he sometimes clashes with the government?

On the polygamy/history issue, sorry but I tend to agree with Warren that while not a ruling monarchy, the Zulu tribe under a hereditary monarch predates many current and former monarchies. And with the polygamy, that may be a cultural norm which I cannot criticise, even if I don't personally agree with the practice. Besides, other societies have adapted their cultures away from previous traditions (most recently with the young King of Bhutan who, despite his father's four marriages to a family of sisters, has publicly stated that his new bride will be his only wife) and perhaps change may come in the next generation.
Hello Rascal,

Royals generally stay out of politics and do not endorse political parties and so on. Prince Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi as Mum explained, was once the minister of home affairs and has is own political party. Buthelezi is the Prime Minister of the Zulu nation. The royals are custodians of culture and I would not even say that they play a 'ceremonial' role as HM Queen Elizabeth does as head of state.

He does not have great influence on a political or social level. The majority ethnic group are Zulu, however they are dispursed throughout the country and many - especially those who dwell in the cities - do not practice traditional customs.

Just as the system of co-operative government was developed in acknowledgement of the diversity of the needs and concerns of the population of South Africa, so the Constitution established the right of communities living under traditional law and custom to influence the way in which the country is run. Houses of Traditional Leaders have been established at national level and in some provinces to carry out an advisory role in government.
There are provincial Houses of Traditional Leaders in six provinces - Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga and North West.
Each provincial House nominates three members to the National House of Traditional Leaders, which elects its own office-bearers. The National House advises the national government on the role of traditional leaders and on customary law. It may also conduct its own investigations and advise the President on request.

Chapter 11 of the Constitution states that the institution, status and roles of traditional leadership, according to customary law, are recognised, subject to the Constitution.
Government remains committed to strengthening the institution of traditional leadership and appreciates the role it plays in society.
The Department of Traditional Affairs was established in April 2010 to underline the critical focus on traditional leadership. This signifies the importance that is placed on the role and place of traditional leaders in the lives of people, especially in rural areas.
The department is working on a range of policies which, among other things, include policy on unity and diversity, initiation, traditional healing, traditional leaders protocol, family trees, involvement of the Khoisan people in the system of governance in South Africa, and remuneration and benefits of traditional leaders based on uniform norms and standards.
Government regards traditional leaders as partners in the implementation of its programmes.
Numerous pieces of legislation have been passed and a variety of programmes implemented to ensure that traditional leadership makes an important contribution to the development of society.
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