Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
5 May 2021
3:56 pm

Queen Dlamini unlikely to succeed in legal bid against king’s other marriages

Rorisang Kgosana

King Goodwill Zwelithini's eldest wife queen Sibongile Dlamini might have a tough time having her marriage recognised as the only legal one.

The late king Goodwill Zwelithini with his third wife, queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu. Picture: Twitter.

It is highly unlikely that late Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini’s eldest wife queen Sibongile Dlamini could have her civil marriage recognised as the king's sole union, considering that customary law allows polygamy, cultural experts say. In two court applications before the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court, Dlamini argues that she is the late king's only legitimate wife, since they were married under civil law which prohibits polygamous marriages. ALSO READ: Before he was King Zwelithini, he was just our brother Goodwill And while anything could happen in court, it is highly unlikely Dlamini would be successful for “a range of complex reasons”,...