MBABANE: Chief Mdlaka Gamedze, the Chairman of the Ludzidzini Council said the traditional judgment that saw Senator Cleopas Dlamini ordered to share 50-50 on properties jointly accumulated with his ex-wife Cynthia Simelane, came after proceedings and submissions by both parties.
Speaking to this Swaziland News in an interview on Monday, the Chairman said as the Council they believed they did justice in this matter and urged any citizen who might want to appeal to His Majesty the King on any matter to do so without fear.
Simelane who was divorced by the Senator subsequently ran to appeal to the King after the the High Court indicated that it was unable to decide the distribution of their properties as the kind of marriage they entered into was unclear in their marriage certificate.
“Everyone is free to appeal to the King on any matter where that particular person felt he or she was subjected to injustice, the King works through the various Councils, even the courts are the King’s Councils” he said.
When asked how the matter between the Senator and his wife reached the Ludzidzini Council, the Chairman said Cynthia Simelane appealed to the King after the High Court officially issued a decree of divorce but did not determine the sharing of their properties as their marriage certificate did not specify the kind of marriage they entered into.
“The court ruled and advised that since the two are Swati citizens they must approach traditional structures hence the wife then decided to appeal to the King through the Ludzidzini Council” said the Chairman.
Senator Cleopas Dlamini was quoted by Swazi Observer on Monday confirming that he will respect the King’s ruling on the matter.
“I don’t think I have much of a choice, there’s nothing really that I can say about the ruling” said the Senator.
Members of Ludzidzini Council with Governor Lusendvo Fakudze