Has the succession war dividing the Zulu royal family taken a deadly turn? Almost 50,000 young women gathered at a palace in southeast South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province on September 17 to dance to their new monarch, Misuzulu Kazvelitini. A long-awaited traditional ceremony as the Zulu nation is rocked by royal infighting following the death of monarch Goodwill Zwelitini after more than fifty years of rule in March 2021. According to South African Radio EWN, the event was “hit”. Until the announcement the day after the festivities of the assassination of the new king’s adviser.

Dumisani Khumalo, 76, was killed on his way home from a traditional ceremony, according to the state broadcaster. SABC. The motive for the crime is currently unknown, but “Dumisani Khumalo was a confidant of the late monarch and helped the current king wrest the throne from his rival, Prince Shimakade.” indicates South African site IOL. A few weeks earlier, in a letter quoted by the newspaper Citizen, supporters of this other pretender to the throne warned that the “reed dance” probably accompanied “Collisions that may