- The IFP has called for more public funds to be set aside for the Zulu royal household
- This comes as the state already provides over R66 million to the moanrch every year
- However, other political parties have slammed the proposal
The AmaZulu Royal household is set to receive more than R66 million from government this year.
This makes for an increase of roughly R1 million from 2018.
However, the IFP argues that this amount is not enough.
"We believe that more allocation should be done […] to ensure that Royal Household is able to execute all its cultural activities and obligations," said IFP member Velenkosini Hlabisa.
This comes after KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala praised Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini as a unifier in South Africa, Briefly.co.za has gathered. He also said that government would make sure that the funds set aside for the monarch were used effectively and appropriately.
However, other political parties have slammed the proposal to increase funding for the Zulu royal house. Zwakele Mncwango, the leader of the DA in KZN, says the amount received by Zwelithini is already too high.
"It's high time where a king can reach a point where he can be independent and leave outside of coffers of public funds," Mncwango has said, according to eNCA.
In a rare moment of agreement, the EFF has sided with the DA on the issue. The Red Berets say that the Royal Household should be "self-sustaining".
"We are going to interrogate this in the committee level and find out if we are still going to be putting money to the Royal household," said Vusi Khoza, EFF leader in the province.
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