The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has been forced to retract a campaign poster featuring incoming Zulu king MisuZulu on its social media, after facing heavy criticism.
The IFP posted the picture on its Twitter account on Monday, 11 October, as an inforgraphic in support of traditional leadership. It’s no secret that longtime IFP leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has strong ties to the Zulu Royal House, being the traditional prime minister.
IFP to take action over Prince MisuZulu photo ‘error’
The IFP has apologised for using Prince MisuZulu’s photograph and says party staff involved will be subjected to disciplinary action.
“This photo was erroneously used. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to His Majesty, the Royal Family, and to the Traditional Prime Minster of the Zulu Nation and Monarch. Disciplinary action will be taken against the implicated staff members”
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)
The IFP says as a party, it emains steadfast in our continued support of traditional leadership, as per South Africa’s democratic dispensation.
Prince MisuZulu was named next in line to take the throne, by his mother, Queen Mantfombi back in May. Queen Mantfombi had been appointed Regent to the Zulu nation by her late husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini in his will, following his passing back in March – tasking her with choosing the next leader of the monarchy.
However Prince MisuZulu’s rise to the throne will not be easy as there is currently a dispute in the Zulu Royal Family as to who should really lead the nation.