President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken steps to appeal a High Court judgment that set aside his recognition of Misuzulu kaZwelithini as the King of the AmaZulu. In a statement released by the presidency, spokesperson Vincent Magwenya confirmed that the president would apply for leave to appeal against the court’s decision.
“The President will apply for leave to appeal against the judgment,” Magwenya stated. He emphasized that, throughout the legal processes, King Misuzulu remains the identified heir to the throne. The High Court in Pretoria recently declared Ramaphosa’s recognition of Misuzulu as the Zulu king unlawful and invalid, concurring with the argument that due processes were not followed in the nomination and appointment.
As part of the court’s ruling, President Ramaphosa has been directed to establish an investigative committee to examine the alleged violation of customary laws in the process. The presidency, in urging the royal family to work towards peace, emphasized the importance of allowing due processes to reach their natural conclusion without escalating tensions.
The move to appeal signifies President Ramaphosa’s commitment to pursuing legal avenues to address the matter and reinforces the continued recognition of King Misuzulu as the heir to the AmaZulu throne throughout the ongoing legal proceedings.