Royals overspend, R10m overdraft listed

2012-09-23 15:55

Johannesburg - The irregular spending of millions of rand by King Goodwill Zwelithini's royal household has been detailed in a recent parliamentary report, the Sunday Tribune reported.

According to the newspaper, a financial report on the department responsible for the household's finances found there had been the irregular spending of R6m and the use of an overdraft of R10m.

This despite the fact that the royal household department has an annual budget of R55m.

Auditor General Terence Nombembe who drafted the report which was presented in parliament this week, noted in particular a R600 000 grocery bill and R26 000 spent on livestock vaccinations and food supplements.

He also noted the allegedly fraudulent use of 15 petrol cards.

According to the newspaper, Nombembe said investigations into the grocery bill and livestock-related expenses had been completed.

The groceries had apparently been brought on behalf of the queens.

He said the investigation into the alleged fraudulent use of 15 petrol cards was yet to be finalised.

Stationery and printing for the household cost R500 000.

Earlier this month, the royal household department requested R18m from the provincial legislature.

The Mercury reported at the time that the king had asked for R6m to build a palace for his sixth wife, Queen Zola Mafu. He also wanted R12m to build a new house at Nkonyeni palace.

The king has six queens living in palaces in different parts of Nongoma.

His sixth wife Queen Zola was living with Queen Mntombi Dlamini.

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  • rowan.maulson - 2012-09-23 16:04

    R500k for printing and stationary?!?!?! wtf? Simple solution in my opinion. Everyone who is a "Zulu" and feels they are subject to the King must sign a declaration and have a portion of their salary docked. Us normal taxpayers must stop funding this ridiculous lifestyle.

  • whites.mustunite - 2012-09-23 16:06

    Disgusting waste of public funds. There are dog turds in my garden that are more royal than this filthy old man with all his wives. There is no future for normal hard working intelligent citizens in this country. We have a government that consists of inept corrupt parasites that allow fellow parasites like Zwelitini to live in luxury off the fruits of our labour. Wake up people stop voting for these criminals!

  • jonivdw - 2012-09-23 16:14

    Exactly what value does this Royal Family add to South Africa? Wow R600k for groceries, R500k for printing..... Imagine how that could've benefited our orphans instead? 6 effing wives? We need to cover 6 effing wives.... WTF? We really need to fight against this waste of our resources which could rather be diverted to helping the poor, fighting crime, educating our people not wasting it on some quasi king & his harem...... Who every year have unexplained expenditure notes and won't stick to budgets.

      nick.sailer - 2012-09-24 10:19

      No we don't need to cover 6 effing wives, thats the kings job. It appears however that we are expected to pay for it. It is disgraceful that valuable tax money is spent on this utterly wasteful expenditure. Today is Heritage Day and as I am British I am celebrating my heritage and the fact that the UK has a vibrant monarchy, which, mindful of its priviledged position and possible burden on the state, has modernised to the extent that it is now a valuable asset which contributes to the British economy instead of it costing money. It seems that the same cannot be said of the Zulu royal household. Ah, but then the British monarchy have been at it for at least 1000 years.

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-09-23 16:18

    Millions of Rands spent on one family in a country where the health care system is failing?!? Why is this acceptable?

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-09-23 16:23

    These government is rotten what does dis so called king do the country.tjeer cn the whites take over its enough wth ANC even Mandela dsnt get dat much.

  • Busisiwe Faku - 2012-09-23 16:25

    Hayi we sick and tired of Zulus and their wives.

  • johnny.matsetse - 2012-09-23 16:30

    Wow 500k on Grocery Tyoooooo ,Can anyone out there tell me what role does the King N his wives Play in society

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-23 16:32

    DISGUSTING and the taxpayer pays for this.

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-23 16:35

    NOT A CENT OF PUBLIC FUNDS should ever be paid to or support these tribal warlords, kings or royalty. They MUST survive (or vanish) based on their own followers funding contributions only.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-09-23 16:37

    Yip, too many Queens also led to King Solomon's down fall...

      chez.kri - 2012-09-23 18:04

      We can only hope

  • Sharmay - 2012-09-23 16:37

    I don't see why my tax money gets used to support someone that isn't even my king... Go get a job you slob.

  • rorisang.m.motaung - 2012-09-23 16:38

    lets also stand up for our kings becouse all ethenics groups pay tax why is it only the zulu king which is getting so much

      Sharmay - 2012-09-23 17:55

      Busisiwe, take your tribal in-fighting somewhere else. You're starting to sound like the ANC.

  • Leah - 2012-09-23 16:39

    We need to fire teachers in the Eastern Cape if we don't find money? Think we just found the money. What is wrong with you mr Zuma? How come we have money for a royal family but our hospitals, roads, schools etc are neglected? All because we do not have money? Stop wasting our money!

      nick.sailer - 2012-09-24 10:32

      Good comment - you make an excellent point. If something does not add value to our society and improves peoples lives, then it should be done away with, so that the money used to support it can be put to better use elsewhere. A strict cost vs benefit analysis should be conducted on all such institutions and those found to cost more than the benefit they provide should be binned. The UK was faced with this issue about 20 years ago and the monarchy reformed and put it's house in order so that they are now a cash positive institution and a valuable national asset. The Zulu royal household should do the same or be done away with. We can't afford to spend millions supporting loafers especially when we are retrenching teachers and closing schools and hospitals.

  • Bongani Manqoba Mazibuko - 2012-09-23 16:44

    ziyanya lezinja zabelungu let the king have it all bayethe.

  • owen.d.simons - 2012-09-23 16:57

    R55 Million rand from the taxpayer. A Bloody disgrace!!!!!!!

  • owen.d.simons - 2012-09-23 16:57

    R55 milliion, paid for by the Taxpayer..a monumental Disgrace!!

  • cry.mashiane - 2012-09-23 17:01

    The king is part of the illuminati

      catgirl1971 - 2012-09-23 17:12

      No he's not. Engage brain before opening mouth please.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-24 12:24

      Cry.mashiane, if he is part of the Illuminati, I am going to eat my hat.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-23 17:18

    This "royal" family does not represent me in any way. Why do they get privileges like this and not everyone else? What makes them better than us?

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-09-23 17:26

    How much is queen elizabeth spending n his nude addicted grandchildren? Let isilo samabandla enjoy a luxury life like those so called white queens n kings

      papikie2 - 2012-09-23 17:46

      Go to school, a queen is female. No one is disputing that he is a king however he is not a SA king hence ONLY his subjects should feed him.

      jonivdw - 2012-09-23 17:49

      Many of the British Royal Family do actually have jobs.... They also bring millions of tourists into their country which brings in Foreign Currency, they tour the world proudly promoting their country.... And most importantly they represent the whole of the UK not just one province..... They also serve their country and are strictly held accountable for every penny of expenditure... As for naked loving.... Umm Dude pot, kettle, black...... Please tell me what financial value your Zulu King adds to South Africa as a whole?

      rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-23 17:51

      Hey busie this Is africa a poverty striken continent whereby most family household r living beyond bread line due to this outdated so called royal family one

      busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-09-23 18:30

      Yes papikie2 i know she is a she-male,that's why she screwing Britain tax payers n they say nothing

      Zahir - 2012-09-23 18:32

      Why don't u empty your bank account sell your house and give this cash to your king he needs it more than u

      jonivdw - 2012-09-23 19:06

      Hey Busi How 'bout a constructive response to my questions? Or is it that you enjoy being screwed so that one family benefits whilst millions starve? Your responses need to make sense for people to take you seriously.... Otherwise you'll only be known as that reactive jerk who can't back up his/her statements with facts... Not good for ones credibility? Please could you explain the ROI (return in investment) of the R50+ million spent on the king? Please could you explain the financial value contributed by the king to KZN and South Africa? Please could you explain what other value the king contributes to KZN and South Africa? Please advise how much money the royal family has raised/contributed towards charity? Please advise what roles the queens play? Do they work? What do they do? How many princes and princesses are supported by the state? How many princes and princesses work for a living? How many are actively involved in charity and improving the lives of their subjects? Why should the rest of South Africa (taxpayers) who are not his subjects pay for him? I would really that portion of my money go to education, poverty alleviation etc. what is so wrong with that? Why if you get a response from a white or Indian person are we told to leave but if a black person responds they're not told to go? Are you happy being a subject? Why? Don't get defensive, I am just asking questions..... And I genuinely want to know why you think the way you do? So please answer....

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-24 12:27

      Busisiwe.Kubeka1. The Queen of England spend no money on her grandchildren. They all have jobs you see. As far as nude if you are referring to the topless pictures of Kate, aren't your own Zulu maidens running around topless at times?. Grow up and don't stay stupid all your life.

  • marais.adriaan - 2012-09-23 17:30

    Royalty, nogal. My foot. The difference between them, amd say Queen Elizabeth, is that the Queen has private income. Here, taxpayers must foot the bill for these clowns excesses.

  • jonivdw - 2012-09-23 17:36

    Dearest SARS Please could I apply for an exemption on the portion of my tax that supports the Zulu King? I would rather you divert that portion of my taxes to either one of the following critical services in our country: Child headed households who survive on less than R5 a day if that (what a kick in the teeth the R600k grocery bill must be for these poor kids) Education Infrastructure Job Creation Health (KZN has the highest HIV infection rate... Something ridiculous like 8 in 10 patients admitted to hospital are HIV +) Policing Thanks & Kind Regards A Tax Payer who doesn't reside in KZN and therefore NOT one of the "kings" subjects but wants a better South Africa for All!

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-23 17:53

    Well said Joni. Zuma must be incredibly jealous... keeping up with the royals must he hard when you are supposed to be a public servant anf not a bottomless money pit.

  • leeto.lekganyane - 2012-09-23 18:38

    Wat a waste.. wonder how much dey spend on de reed dance?

      jonivdw - 2012-09-23 19:52

      Well in the "related articles" link above apparently R4 million has been budgeted for the biggest reed dance yet..... Wish that could've helped child headed households instead and allow those kids the opportunity to care for their siblings whilst they go to school to improve their lives.... But no... Some people are more important than others....

  • taetjo.mathabatha - 2012-09-23 19:15


  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-09-23 19:17

    South African 'royalty' contributes nothing to South Africa. They have no official duties, attract no tourists. Value-add = 0.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-23 19:44

    Only Shaka will remain king of Zulus till today...the only man who fought hard for his people without expecting a luxurious reward. Anyway \GOODWILL\ who happened to be not a goodwill to his people only cares about shagging teen wives and milking kzn coffers dry...goodluck my zulu brotherz and sisterz on your goodwill more like mswati.

  • cecil.wright.142 - 2012-09-23 19:59

    No wonder none of the basic services work. No wonder all the municipalities are bankrupt .this is the ANC at its best. The taxpayer pays R 55 m to a moron who adds ZERO to the economy. I wonder how many more of these idiots we are sponsoring ?

  • jonivdw - 2012-09-23 22:45

    Want details of the disgusting wasteful expenditure: News24 could we have access to the full report please?

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-23 22:54

    Sick SA. Very sick indeed.

  • RudiErnst - 2012-09-23 23:10

    Royals and their extravagant lifestyles are nothing new. Their subjects pay... so let the Zulu people pay for their royals. That is the way of the civilized world - if you want some royals, you can have them. But you must pay for them.

      AmukelaniAhmann - 2012-09-24 03:23

      unfortunately nope - the German royals in britain are funded by the British taxpayers. And governments seem to understand this -We are in this together my friend - what a world!!

      jonivdw - 2012-09-24 08:38

      Actually not.... Refer their website made for interesting reading last night..... Did you know that they insist on paying their taxes? Did you know you can pull off their financials off the website.... Did you know that only a few are supported by the state? Charles has his OWN income.... And that is at a max of £250k per annum.... Check their site out if you want to see real transparency and full disclosure at work..... Wow imagine our government doing something so transparent? We can only dream.... Check out the section on working for the royal family WOW the staff benefits are incredible.

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-09-24 09:17

    All things being fair, it is fine if we decide to support a royal household, however if they overspend then let them find the money to get through the rest of the year....not a penny more should be advanced beyond the budget.....afterall each taxpayer has to live within his means, so the royals should as well.

  • pieter.k.lubbe - 2012-09-24 10:12

    So why do WE have to maintain this lavish lifestyle of a king in a foreign country.....please explain?!??!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-24 11:09

    This is the Zulu King, what makes him so special to the rest of us that he has to erode our pockets. Does is look after the zulu's, not he sucks their blood and ours. Time he got off his backside and started to bring in his own money....He has lots of wives they can all work and help him out. Those that want him, then let them pay for his royal extravagance.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-24 12:09

    Subtract all this from his yearly allowance, that will teach the queens to eat less.

  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-09-25 13:43

    At least the Queen of England has some sense! What ever she gets from the taxpayer, she in return has opened some of the palaces to the public. Charging a fee when you visit them. In doing so she helps the "burden" of the upkeep! Now as a taxpayer I never heard a word of thanks or " come visit one of our Zulu King's palaces.... And pay a fee" we get nothing in we hear is......"You must give" If the king is so down and out...( which I doubt...he has too many other business interests of a capitalistic nature), he should get of his royal ass tell his many wifes to get REAL jobs, or stand in the corner of Bompas and Oxford road with a sign begging for assistance!

  • liesl.kiley - 2012-09-25 16:13

    What the hell? 6 wifes!!! And the tax payers are paying for the royals and Zuma's wifes??????? That is a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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