The reigning King of the Zulu nation, King Goodwill Zwelithini has expressed dissatisfaction with the salary the provincial government pays him. The monarch, who earns an R 1.1 million salary, complained that the provincial government has not been paying him a salary that “fits a king” despite the fact that his subjects “contribute so much tax into the country’s coffers”.
Furthermore, the 69-year-old traditional leader alleged that the government has not done enough for him and his household, financially, adding that they deserve so much more because they had contributed significantly to the growth of the economy. “You, as the Zulus, contributed to building Joburg, Cape Town and Durban. It is you who were working in the mines.” “I don’t get a stipend…there is no money I get from the government. I don’t get paid because the provincial government doesn’t recognise me and the stipend I deserve as the Zulu King,” the king lamented.
The monarch made these assertions while delivering a wide-ranging speech at a King Shaka Zulu commemoration in Stanger‚ north of Durban, on Sunday. The celebrations also had in attendance, ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize and ANC longstanding activist, Premier Willies Mchunu. Earlier, Indian philanthropist and businessman, Ishwar Ramlutchman, who has been at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s side for over 15 years, commissioned a bronze bust of King Zwelithini in honour of his numerous contributions to the society. The bust, which was unveiled as part of Shaka’s Day and Heritage Day celebrations, has since been installed at the KwaDukuza Museum.
Apart from cashing in an annual salary of over R1million, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is also allocated a budget of nearly R60 million by the office of the KwaZulu-Natal Premier. In the current financial year, the Royal Household Department – a body responsible for the upkeep of the monarch and his family, including renovations to palaces, the maintenance of his fleet of vehicles, his travel costs and the paying for groceries – was allocated R58 million.
Over the years, the budget allocation to the Nongoma-born monarch has severally attracted a feeling of dismay on the side of South Africans, with most people frowning at his ‘outrageous’ salary, amid the country’s ailing economy. Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is the eighth monarch of the Zulus. He took over the leadership of the Zulu nation at a traditional ceremony held at Nongoma on December 3, 1971. His installation was attended by 20,000 people.