South Africa

SOWETAN | We can't compromise royals' safety

We welcome the news that the VIP protection for the Zulu royal family, including for new King MisuZulu, has not been withdrawn. The traditional premier minister of the Zulu nation prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi issued a statement on Saturday night raising concerns about the safety of the new king as he said the police's VIP unit had been instructed to leave the KwaKhangelamankengane royal palace in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

He said the instruction was on the basis that a new king had not been formally installed by the government yet. However, the provincial government dismissed the claims yesterday. Premier Sihle Zikalala said he had been informed that the allegations were "baseless and misleading" after he engaged provincial commissioner Lieut-Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, relevant MECs and police minister Bheki Cele...

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