The IFP has warned the “Christmas gift” of six brand new luxury cars given to the Zulu Royal family by the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) provincial government could be a sinister move by ANC “to reclaim the trust of the people”.
On Friday, KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala unveiled six brand new vehicles for the widows of the late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini in Ulundi.
“We have committed ourselves to continue supporting the royal house,” said Zikalala during the handover. He said each SUV cost less than R800 000 in line with government policy.
Reacting to the vehicle handover at the weekend, the IFP accused Premier Zikalala – the province’s ANC chairperson – of “trying to reclaim the trust of the people of KZN through frivolous actions”.
The IFP was the biggest winner in KZN of the November local government elections and now controls most municipalities.
At the same time, there are rumblings of discontent in the Zulu nation over the crowning of the new king, Misuzulu Sinqobile kaZwelithini, the oldest surviving son of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Some royals are still insisting Misuzulu Sinqobile kaZwelithini wasn’t supposed to have been crowned the Zulu king.
Commenting on the new cars the IFP said it was warning “the ANC to cease trying to reclaim the trust of the people of KZN through frivolous actions related to the Zulu Royal Household”.
The IFP added: “Premier Sihle Zikalala is trying very hard to have his bread buttered on both sides, using the handover of five SUV vehicles to King Zwelithini’s kaBhekuzulu Queens as a publicity stunt.
“As the IFP, we applaud the vehicle handover but must question the timing.
“It is shameful of the premier to grandstand about this and to act as if the vehicles were Christmas gifts. The Premier knows very well that this handover has been long overdue.”
The IFP said it also wants the premier “to answer to the people of KZN about what he plans to do with the late Queen Mantfombi Shiyiwe’s vehicle, as her palace, Khangelamakengane, did not receive it.”
The IFP said it has repeatedly warned the people of KZN against falling “prey to the ANC’s self-glorification-seeking theatrical gimmicks, intended to divide the Zulu Royal Household”.