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Zulu King’s Aide Murdered By ‘Unknown Gunmen’ In South Africa



Zulu King's Aide Murdered By 'Unknown Gunmen' In South Africa

A local official confirmed on Sunday that the chief adviser and confidant to South Africa’s new Zulu King MisuZulu kaZwelithini have been killed after attending a traditional ceremony.

Dumisani Blasius Khumalo’s death has been linked to the ongoing bitter succession battle in the Zulu royal family after the death of King Zwelithini last year.

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The Zulu Royal family is split over the succession of their king. While the kingdom has one king in the person of Misuzulu Zulu, a rival prince is still contesting the decision.

The murder of Khumalo, who was 76 years old, is viewed as a threat to traditional leaders, a member of the regional legislature said in a statement.

Zikalala said Khumalo was shot dead by gunmen while heading home after attending the traditional Reed Dance in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal province.

The local media reported that Khumalo was attacked as he approached his residence.

It is unclear whether his killing is related to the succession spat. But Khumalo was responsible for settling disputes within the Zulu community.

Security had been stepped up after opponents of the new ruler had issued threats and predicted a “bloodbath” if the celebration went ahead.

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King MisuZulu described his grief, saying “my heart is very sore that something like this has happened to us.”

“Those who committed this crime, I swear to God they will be found.”

Khumalo’s son Daluxolo told local media that his father had no enemies.

“He was very loyal to the royal family and he worked closely with MisuZulu’s father before,” said Khaya Ndwandwe, a Zulu culture expert. 

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