The late Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu attends the ‘Zulu 200’ festival celebrating the existence of the Zulu nation at King Shaka International Airport in Durban on September 22, 2013.
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The body of the late regent of the Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, will be transported from Johannesburg to Nongoma on Wednesday.
According to the Prime Minister of the Zulu Nation, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who has confirmed that the Queen, who died last week at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, will be buried on Thursday.
Preparation for the Queen’s burial is underway as divisions emerge within the royal family.
On Monday, Prince Buthelezi also dismissed claims by disgruntled members of the royal family saying he was a dictator.
Two siblings of the late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, Prince Mbonisi and Princess Thembi held a press conference on Sunday in which they claimed Prince Mangosuthu was not giving them the opportunity to freely express their points of view. seen at royal family meetings dealing with the king’s succession.
However, Prince Buthelezi, who said he was irritated by the allegations, dismissed the accusations.
âI find it strange when at an official family reunion held at the Palace, in the presence of the Regent, I literally begged Princess Thembi to say what was in her heart. She then spoke candidly, for which I congratulated her.
âHis claim that I’m some sort of dictator who shoots people down when they have a point of view that I don’t agree with is pretty bizarre,â he said.
Buthelezi’s statement comes as tensions within the royal family escalate following the death of the Zulu nation’s regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu.
In a recent interview, Buthelezi confirmed that there had been rumors that Queen Dlamini Zulu had been poisoned.
During their press conference, Prince Mbonisi and Princess Thembi said statements that Queen Dlamini Zulu had been poisoned were intended to make it appear that they were the ones who poisoned the Queen.
However, Buthelezi said no one in the royal family blamed the king’s siblings for the queen’s poisoning.
âWe don’t know who is blaming them, or why they feel blamed at all. But it is clear that they want to portray me as the author of the rumors that Her Majesty has been poisoned. They know very well that is not the case, âhe said.