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Royal slush? Public protector probes R1bn Zulu palace upgrade mess

FREE TO READ | Zulu king’s Enyokeni Palace was to be the site of lavish upgrades, but was it a corruption bonanza?

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s sprawling Enyokeni Palace – which has stood incomplete since 2017 when auditors flagged that upgrades to the compound could soar to R1bn – is now in the crosshairs of public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

The northern KwaZulu-Natal palace – complete with a grandiose amphitheatre with an unfinished roof, a 2.5 million-litre reservoir that leaks, and concrete columns in the arrival court which lie in ruin – has already cost the taxpayer R129m.

Now the protector is set to probe whether department of arts and culture officials diverted funds to favour the monarch and appointed their mates to do the work...

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