King Misuzulu kaZwelithini. Picture: Bongani Mbatha /African News Agency (ANA)

Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has denied allegations that he is in the pockets of businesspeople who are showering him with gifts like luxury accommodation in order to capture him as he settles on the throne.

The King says the luxury house in the South Africa-Eswatini border town of Pongola belongs to him, not the businessman whom it was previously alleged to own.

It is not clear who exactly the businessman is, but the last name of the businessman is a Ngwenya and it is believed he owns several properties in several northern KwaZulu-Natal towns like Pongola, Nongoma, Hluhluwe and Jozini.

The issue of the King staying in the luxury suburban house instead of using KwaKhangelamankengana palace which is located in a farm between Nongoma and Pongola, has set tongues wagging within the royal family court.

Although other royal family members understand that the King cannot use KwaKhangelamankengana palace because within it there is a grave of his late mother, Queen Mantfombi Shiyiwe Dlamini-Zulu who passed away in April last year, others are not.

In Zulu culture, a grave, a corpse or a funeral is a bad omen for a King, hence all Kings do not attend funerals, even of their spouses or of their children.

People who have attended funerals have to wait for several days and conduct some cleansing before they meet with Kings or set their foot in palaces.

It is for that reason some members of the Zulu royal family are in agreement with the King not staying at KwaKhangelamankengana, but only going there to meet with guests and conduct ceremonies that have to do with the throne.