- The nation is facing financial hardship after the Covid-19 pandemic saw numerous businesses closing for weeks on end
- Despite this suffering, King Goodwill Zwelithini is smiling all the way to the bank with a R4.5 million increase
- The Zulu King's budget is now at a staggering R71.3 million despite the crippled economy
The KwaZulu-Natal government is scrambling to find a R6 billion cash injection to bolster the national government's Covid-19 fund.
Despite this cash crunch, it seems as if a R4.5 million increase was a luxury the province felt it could comfortably afford.
King Goodwill Zwelithini's annual budget has increased once again this year, with Premier Sihle Zikalala announcing the decision during his budget announcement on Tuesday:
“In 2020/2021, the king support and royal house branch has been allocated R71.3m."
Briefly.co.za reported that the monarch had received R66.7 million from the provincial government last year.
Zikalala insists that the Zulu monarchy is a key institution that is recognised by the provincial government:
"In the sixth administration, the monarch still plays a crucial role in supporting government programmes and preserving culture."
Despite similar reassurances last year, Zikalala promised that the Zulu Royal House Trust would focus on generating revenue:
“A revenue-generating plan has been developed. The trust will perform upgrades, repairs and maintenance on all eight royal palaces, including KwaDlamahlahla, KwaKhethomthandayo, KwaKhangela, KwaLinduzulu, eNyokeni, Osuthu, Ondini and eMachobeni /Ingwavuma."
The Premier explained that support for the royal household included cultural events and maintenance of the royal palaces:
“The King Support and Royal House unit will continue to partake in important national ceremonies and traditional functions of the province. These include the opening of the provincial legislature, opening of the traditional house, and hosting various cultural events His majesty will also continue to install Amakhosi statutorily and in terms of traditional customs."
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