|Khumalos fight over defunct Ndebele throne|
|Saturday, 07 April 2012 21:03|
SOME families of the royal Khumalo clan are locked in a bitter feud over who has the right to lay claim to the defunct Ndebele throne, 118 years after the monarchy was abolished.
The battle pits Prince Zwide kaLanga Khumalo and Mr Mcijwana Khumalo, both of whom are descendants of the 18th century kings of the Ndebele Kingdom, King Mzilikazi and King Lobengula.
Last week Mr Mcijwana declared to Sunday News that he was the head of the Khumalos and had been divinely anointed king by God.
“You might be asking what an old man from Mabuthweni is trying to do by making such statements but I will tell you that you don’t know me. Maybe I am staying here just to be close to my subjects. This is a very serious matter because I was given this throne in heaven plus a lot more powers,’’ said Mr Mcijwana.
Mr Mcijwana, who claims to be King Mzilikazi II, said the dynasty squabbles underlying the affair had no official relevance, as he was a direct descendant of the ruling clan while Prince Zwide is from a junior branch of the royal family.
Contacted for comment, Price Zwide kaLanga, who is presently in South Africa on business, said he was not moved by Mr Mcijwana’s sentiments as tradition would not permit Mr Mcijwana to declare himself king.
“We all know that whoever is heir to that throne must come out of the house of the last king in this case Lobengula, so if anyone wants to make noise about who is the rightful heir-to-be they must know that their lineage is within the house of Lobengula,’’ said Prince Zwide kaLanga, who hails from the Lobengula’s house.
He said the Khumalo family should take the backseat and wait for the elders to identify the heir-to-be instead of fighting among themselves.
A civil war broke out as a section of the royal family disputed King Lobengula’s ascendancy.
After his death, the Ndebele monarch was abolished.