Queen Sibongile Dlamini-Zulu, wife of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, has lost her legal bid to make last-minute amendments to court papers. Dlamini-Zulu’s bid to directly challenge the late King’s other five wives has failed and significantly weakened her case.

Queen attempts to inherit majority of estate

The wife of the Zulu monarch is attempting to inherit 50% of the ruler’s estate which is believed to be in the region of R200 million.

Dlamini-Zulu’s argument is based on the fact that she was the first wife and married in civil rites and in community of property back in 1969. Furthermore, she said that the remaining queens and their children would split the remainder of the estate and not be evicted from their various palaces.

However, the first setback came on Tuesday when Deputy Judge President Isaac Madondo ruled that her court papers had no request to rule on whether or not the other five marriages were valid or not.

Queen in court over Goodwill Zwelithini estate
The late monarch’s first queen is seeking to inherit 50% of King Goodwill Zwelithini’s estate. Image: GCIS/ Flickr

No substantial reasons provided for amendment

The Judge added that the request to allow the other wives to remain in their palaces was inadvertently an approval of their respective unions.

The queen had filed a last-minute amendment in an attempt to rectify this, but Judge Madondo felt that this was very late in the game.

Passing his latest judgment on Wednesday, Judge Madondo explained that reasonable justification should be given for the application and that no reasons ‘at all’ were substantial enough to allow for this.

King Misuzulu, the disputed heir, is already on the throne and his traditional prime minister Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi is opposing the application put forward by the queen.

“The procedure set out in the rules was not followed or honoured, not only to the prejudice of the fifth respondent but to all other people who will be affected by the granting of the relief sought. As a result, the application to amend this is accordingly refused,” 

Deputy Judge President Isaac Madondo

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