Mfalme wa zulu amuombea mkewe kasri

Imebadilishwa: 6 Septemba, 2012 - Saa 11:28 GMT

Mfalme wa Zulu

Mfalme wa Zulu nchini Afrika Kusini Goodwill Zwelithini anaitaka serikali 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.

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

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.
'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.

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