KZN opposition blasts state for increasing King Zwelithini's budget

KZN opposition blasts state for increasing King Zwelithini's budget

The DA, IFP and the EFF have accused the government of failing to fulfil the mandate of the Zulu royal family trust. This comes after the annual budget for the trust was increased by nearly R1 million.

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KwaZulu-Natal opposition parties have critised the government for increasing the budget allocation for King Goodwill Zwelithini. reported that Premier Sihle Zikalala had announced the increase from R65.8 million to R66.7 million for the 2019 financial year.

In response to this, KZN EFF head Velenkosini Hlabisa sayid that the provincial government had failed to run the trust effectively, reports EWN.

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The IFP leader for the province agreed with Hlabisa, saying that this had delayed the profitability of the trust:

“The government must give more support to the trust in terms of capacity so that the trust is able to generate more income on its own.”

Zwakele Mncwango, DA provincial leader, said that the slow growth of the trust had seen funding redirected to the King in place of ordinary citizens:

“Our point is, we should reach a stage where the king is able to use the trust to sustain himself. He’s got land, he’s got farming activities happening all over the province. He must be able to do that.”

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