- King Goodwill Zwelithini has received an R7 million increase in his budget for the 2018/19 financial year
- The king has been criticised in the past for living a lavish lifestyle
- The KZN Premier has backed the increase and says the province will continue to support the king and the royal family
Premier Willies Mchunu has stated that the office of the Premier will continue to back King Goodwill Zwelithini and the Royal family. This statement comes despite criticism over the R7 million increase to the king’s budget for the 2018/19 financial year.
Elaborating, Willies said the money was required in order to keep the royal family supported and that the money would be used for the upkeep of the royal family as well as for tuition, transport and medical costs.
Briefly.co.za featured an article entitled King Goodwill’s money rolls in, in which we reported on the announcement of the increase to the king’s budget increase.
In this article, 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.
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