SAPS refutes claims that security for KZN royal family withdrawn

On Friday night, the new King Misuzulu KaZwelithini was whisked away by bodyguards after a tense situation developed in Nongoma.

FILE: Misuzulu Zulu arrives with Zulu regiments to attend the provincial memorial service at the Khangelakamankegane Royal Palace in Nongoma on 7 May 2021 to pay his last respects to his mother, the late Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu of the Zulu nation. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The police say security for the royal family in KwaZulu-Natal has not been withdrawn.

This follows earlier reports that the security detail had been removed.

On Friday night, the new King Misuzulu KaZwelithini was whisked away by bodyguards after a tense situation developed in Nongoma.

This was after the queen regent’s will was read naming him as her preferred successor to King Goodwill Zwelithini.

The police said they were still providing protection.

Spokesperson Vish Naidoo said: “Contrary to the recent reports circulating in the mainstream and social media, protection for the royal family in KwaZulu-Natal has not been withdrawn. The royal protection is informed by a third assessment, which is reviewed on an ongoing basis.”

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