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Court blocks coronation ceremony

The planned coronation of Bulelani Khumalo as the King of the Ndebele people can no longer go ahead following a successful High Court bid by claimant to the throne, Peter Zwide Khumalo.

The traditional ceremony was slated for Babourfields Stadium this Saturday.

However, Peter Khumalo on Wednesday lodged an urgent High Court application seeking an interdict to stop the ceremony from going ahead.

Peter Khumalo had argued in his affidavit that he was the rightful heir to the throne and if the process had been allowed to proceed it would have “prejudiced” him.

The planned ceremony had already been thrown into limbo after government earlier in the week banned the event, citing that it was unconstitutional.

Bulawayo High Court Judge Justice Martin Makonese on Friday ruled in favour of Peter Khumalo after the respondents did not turn up for the hearing.

Meanwhile, the organisers of the traditional ceremony on Thursday also lodged their own High Court appeal challenging the decision by the government to ban the event.

Two football teams from the city, Highlanders Football Club and Bulawayo Chiefs were set to clash in a friendly match as part of the festivities.

It could not been ascertained if the match would still go ahead despite the ban.

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