Former Judge Jerome Ngwenya remains Chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust Board, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and Nation, has announced.
“While it was announced that Inkosi Thanduyise Mzimela had been appointed as Chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust Board, from the outset Inkosi Mzimela pleaded for his nomination to be withdrawn,” said Prince Buthelezi on Friday.
“Accordingly, His Majesty today (Friday) announced the withdrawal of Inkosi Mzimela.
“His Majesty has confirmed that the Ingonyama Trust Board is still chaired by the Kings nominee. De jure, former Judge Jerome Ngwenya remains Chairperson of the Board.
“This will be the case until further announcement, following discussions which His Majesty has requested between the King, the Chairperson and myself.”
Prince Buthelezi said at the request of His Majesty King Misuzulu kaZwelithini, a meeting was held on Friday in the offices of the former KwaZulu Government in Ondini.
“We were joined in this meeting by HRH Prince Thulani Zulu, HRH Prince Thukani of Nxangiphilile, HRH Prince Ndabuko of Onkweni, my son HRH Prince Ntuthukoyezwe Buthelezi, His Majesty the Kings Legal Advisor, and His Worship Mayor Thulasizwe Buthelezi,” said Prince Buthelezi,
He said since His Majestys accession to the throne, there has not been an opportunity for the King to discuss matters of the Ingonyama Trust in full.
“It was vital that this take place to enable me, as the Prime Minister and as the author of the Ingonyama Trust Act, to provide the King with the full background to the Act and what has transpired during the almost three decades it has been in existence,” said Prince Buthelezi.
“This meeting became urgent when rumours emerged recently about His Majestys nominee in terms of Section 2A(3)(a) of the KwaZulu-Natal Ingonyama Trust Act, relating to the Chairperson of the Board.
“His Majesty felt it important that he provide clarity on this matter.
“I wish to thank His Majesty for indeed providing the needed clarity in our meeting, enabling me to report as follows to the Zulu Nation.”