Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Regicide. South Africa please.

From the BBC

Zulu King Zwelithini's sixth wife 'needs palace'

South Africa's Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini wants the government to spend $700,000 (£450,000) on a palace for his sixth wife, officials say.

Queen Zola Mafu, who is his youngest wife, is sharing a palace.

This from a country that treats woman as chattels is I guess not surprising but that she is a tax payer funded chattel is an insult to common sense. 

The KwaZulu Natal government, one of nine provincial administrations, has already budgeted about $6.9m for the royal family this year.

UK 120 pounds a month is what a miner earns in South Africa with the distinct possibility a police officer will execute you if you strike because you don't earn enough to feed and care for your family. 
Opposition parties have previously accused the king, his wives and more than 25 children of lavish spending.
King Zwelithini, as leader of South Africa's largest ethnic group, is an extremely influential traditional leader in the country.

Is it just me has the world gone fucking insane ?
'Linen anger'

Royal household department chief financial officer, Mduduzi Mthembu, told a parliamentary committee that a further $700,000 was needed to build Queen Mafu's palace.
The department also wanted $1.4m to upgrade Queen MaMchiza's palace, he said.

This is beyond all reason could you imagine HRH Queen Elizabeth II attempting this sort of rort on her subjects ? Regicide or at least republicanism would be the instant result. HRH Charles I lost his head over this sort of stupidity but a better historical comparison is Marie Antoinette .

"Let them eat cake" is the traditional translation to English of the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", supposedly spoken by "a great princess" upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Since brioche was enriched with butter and eggs, as opposed to ordinary bread, the quote supposedly would reflect the princess's obliviousness to the condition of the people."
Funding for the accommodation would be spread over three years, Mr Mthembu.
MPs on the committee said they would consider the request later this month.

One would hope the MP's have a better grasp on the realities of every day life in the Rainbow Nation than Shaka's inept successor . 

Queen Mafu made headlines in 2004 when, as a 14-year-old, she first appeared in public with King Zwelithini.
In 2008, opposition parties criticised King Zwelithini's wives for spending about $24,000 on linen, designer clothes and costly holidays.
The royal palaces are in different parts of Nongoma, a rural area about 300km (185 miles) north of Durban, the main city in KwaZulu Natal.

I expect that New Zealand will become a republic in my life time but I am in no rush because HRH Elizabeth II is an excellent Queen. 

My recommendation to the Zulu nation is Regicide   . King Zwelithini your time has passed you are part of the problem. You are not part of the solution.

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