- KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has announced an increase to King Goodwill Zwelithini’s budget for 2018
- The king has been criticised in the past for reckless spending
- Zwelithini to take part in various traditional ceremonies and responsibilities
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu announced an increase to the budget for King Goodwill Zwelithini for the 2018/19 financial year. The king’s budget is set to increase by R7 million. Not insight has been given to how the king is supposed to spend the money.
Zwelithini has come under fire in the past for reckless spending and a lavish lifestyle. He has defended himself by stating her requires the exorbitant budget because it was derived from the tax revenue his subjects generate.
While the premier’s office is responsible for the king and the royal family financially, little insight has been given as to exactly how the additional funds need to be used.
In defence of the increase, the premier announced the king is required to take part in various ceremonies and traditional functions and that these need to be funded by the state.
Briefly.co.za reported recently how the Zulu king has thrown down the gauntlet and issued the government with an ultimatum over plans to dissolve the Ingonyama Trust.
The article revealed how the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, had issued an ultimatum to the government over plans to redistribute the three million hectares of land which are owned by the Ingonyama Trust. Zwelithini spoke during the opening of the traditional parliament in Ulundi on Tuesday. He again voiced his disapproval of the high-level panel chaired by Kgalema Motlanthe which found that the Ingonyama Trust was unconstitutional and must be dissolved.
Mchunu commented that the state would continue to support the royal family and the king and that “a revenue-generating plan has been developed to pursue public-private partnerships in exploring opportunities to utilise the Zulu royal household brand as a potential source of income to relieve the trust’s dependency on the provincial fiscus.”
This announcement follows many other controversies of the king’s spending and decision-making as well as fund allocation to the royal family trust. One of these being the R650 000 that was allocated to the king’s brand makeover and the subsequent additional R5 million for the royal family trust to begin fund-raising initiatives for income generation in the future. Despite justifications from the king and the state, the Democratic Alliance has continually voiced concerns.
"Despite being in operation for two years‚ there is still no evidence of the value this entity has brought to the king‚ or the citizens of the province. This government should not isolate the king from the people‚ meaning the trust should link the well-being of the king and the people‚" he said.
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