Sihle Sibisi, an activist who fights to finish violence in opposition to girls and youngsters, and the founding father of Kwanele Basis, says she fears for her life after she was intimidated following her relationship with Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini.
Sibisi laid a case of intimidation on the Douglasdale Police Station in Johannesburg this week, citing that she had been receiving nameless calls from folks threatening to kill her.
Talking to Metropolis Press this week, Sibisi stated the Zulu king had made romantic advances in the direction of her for the primary time in September final 12 months.
She stated she first encountered the king in the course of the annual reed dance at Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal. After the dance, she was summoned by the king’s aunt, who knowledgeable her that he needed to see her privately.
They took me in to see the king. It was in a boardroom with glass. I walked in and took off my sneakers, however I used to be limping as a result of I used to be carrying a brace. I greeted him and he stated: ‘What an attractive babe, come right here and hug me.’ He began squeezing my buttocks.
She claims that Misuzulu didn’t wish to talk about points associated to gender-based violence, however as an alternative insisted they take photos collectively.
“We took an image after which the aunt [said]: ‘Contain me within the image as a result of you may’t take an image alone with him … folks may begin speaking and the spouse may get pissed off.’”
She stated the images stirred up controversy throughout the royal home, as relations thought they’d upset Queen Ntokozo Mayisela-Zulu.
Sibisi says her subsequent encounter with the king was when he invited her to a enterprise breakfast in Richards Bay the identical month.
“Earlier than I left, he requested to see me in non-public with 3 Seconds [the king’s traditional healer]. He stated he wanted me in his life as a result of he wanted a robust lady like me … Once I needed to depart, he begged me to not go … and the following factor he invited me to his room. Once I bought there, he was together with his son…”
Sibisi says she once more declined the king’s advances throughout their second assembly.
Once they met once more, he allegedly requested her to go to a fertility clinic.
The following factor, he took me to Lancet [Laboratories] to verify my fertility … We bought again to the lodge and that was the primary night time I bought intimate with him.
When she returned to Johannesburg, Misuzulu is claimed to have tried to remain in fixed contact.
“He was begging me to not take the morning-after tablet [a type of emergency birth control]. He phoned me crying and was like: ‘I can’t dwell with out you; you need to come to Ulundi.’
“I stated why should I come to Ulundi and he stated, ‘I must spend time with you’.”
Sibisi then drove to KwaZulu-Natal to spend time with the king, as she was in a position to work remotely.
She says that, whereas she was on the palace, she was housed in separate lodgings in order that she wouldn’t encounter the queen.
In one of many many audio recordings shared with Metropolis Press, a person who is claimed to be Misuzulu might be heard confessing his love for Sibisi.
“I like you and I like my nation…” he says.
Metropolis Press is in possession of assorted recordings during which Sibisi has prolonged conversations with the king, in addition to photos of intimate moments between the 2. In some, she is seen partaking with the king and members of the royal household.
In a single audio clip, Misuzulu complains about his spouse. He says: “She doesn’t act like a queen and I want to seek out one other one [wife].”
In one other, he relates a premonition about his youngsters and the way his dream of seeing them in hassle in water saved them from happening a ship journey when Durban was hit by freak waves that killed three folks in December.
Sibisi says their relationship took a flip when the royal home launched an announcement in December referring to her as an intruder who was attempting to curry favour utilizing her proximity to the king.
She says the king did not defend her when she requested him to.
Their relationship turned bitter and he or she began receiving the chilly shoulder from the king, in addition to intimidating calls from people she believes are from the royal home.
The intimidation allegedly escalated when an audio recording alleged to be of Misuzulu in a rant about Sibisi went viral on TikTok this week. Within the recording, the king is heard threatening Sibisi and her brother.
Sibisi’s brother refers to Misuzulu as his brother-in-law and asks to talk about his sister. Misuzulu then says: “What do you wish to speak to me about relating to Sihle, sbari [brother in-law]? Who do you wish to see? That’s not going to occur.”
The brother tells Misuzulu that there’s a risk that the saga is perhaps leaked to the press, to which the king responds: “Take that story to the papers, I don’t care. They’ll even arrest me. That’s what you guys do, proper?”
Sibisi interjects, saying: “Ndabezitha [Misuzulu’s clan name], please relax. I’m with my huge brother, who’s speaking to you.”
Misuzulu responds by saying: “Give your brother the telephone. What do you wish to say to me? I’ll beat you up. You don’t know me. I’ll beat you up. Who’re you and what are you attempting to do?”
The decision is reduce brief when Misuzulu palms the telephone over to a different man.
A royal member of the family who confirmed the connection instructed Metropolis Press that the recording was being listened to by members of the royal household.
I acquired the recording on Sunday and different photos as nicely. The Sihle matter is thought right here, although it’s a matter which they’re attempting laborious to maintain beneath wraps.
“We tried on quite a few events to warn everybody about placing Misuzulu on the throne, now we’re all being humiliated. There may be much more taking place behind the scenes; we don’t even know the place to start out,” the supply stated.
The member of the family stated the royal home had organized a prayer assembly for Misuzulu final week, however he didn’t pitch.
In addition they alleged that the queen had vacated the royal home as a result of she couldn’t bear the disgrace and embarrassment led to by the affair.
“She is just not within the royal home as we communicate. She has left him and her matter has not been addressed formally.
Final month, a faction of the Zulu royal household that recognises Prince Simakade Zulu because the rightful inheritor to the throne introduced that it was forging forward with a court docket battle to put aside the popularity of Misuzulu as monarch.
The trial for Simakade’s court docket software has been set down for Could 31 to June 2 within the Pretoria Excessive Court docket.
Thami Zulu, a spokesperson for the royal home stated that he didn’t touch upon the non-public affairs of the king.
“I’m not at liberty to talk about any lady who’s within the king’s life. These are his non-public issues. I’m not even conscious of the connection you’re referring to,” he stated.
However a supply near Sibisi confirmed that she was in a relationship with Misuzulu and he or she had hosted his uncles at her house in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
Mayisela-Zulu couldn’t be reached for remark.
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