Cape Town – The KwaZulu-Natal government reportedly handed over six Toyota SUVs to the late King Zwelithini’s wives, including one for the Queen Mother, Mavis MaZungu, on Friday at the old legislature building in Ulundi.
According to TimesLIVE, the cars formed part of an agreement made with the late monarch and the provincial government.
“We had agreed that we will complete purchasing cars for the queens and that is what we were delivering today,” the report quoted KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala as saying.
Premier Sihle Zikalala @sziks accompanied by two MEC’s met with the Zulu Royal House to fulfil the commitment made to the late His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu to refurbish palaces and handed over new vehicles for the use by the Queen Mother and the Queens. pic.twitter.com/BsXtDFT55t
— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) December 17, 2021
Each car cost below R800 000, Zikalala said according to The Witness, adding that the KZN government was also in the process of carrying out renovations to the king’s palaces.
“We had also agreed that we would complete renovations in the palaces. We have also introduced contractors who will do that work,” he said.
The renovations had been disrupted by Covid-19 and the local government also wanted to give the royal family time to mourn, he added.
The late King Zwelithini was the longest-serving monarch of the Zulu nation.
He died in March at the age of 72, after battling a diabetes-related illness.
After nearly half a century on the throne, he left behind six wives and 28 children, some of which have made claims to the throne, The Citizen reported.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo