Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has defended government's decision to continue with financial support to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, despite reservations by some political parties.
This after he announced that the Zulu King and the royal household would receive R66.7 million during the presentation of the budget vote for the Office of the Premier at the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature on Thursday.
Zikalala said despite tough economic conditions government remains committed to assisting the king and the royal household.
"His Majesty, the King serves as a symbol of unity in KwaZulu-Natal and continues to be the custodian of Zulu culture, an important defining character of this province," said Zikalala.
The king attends to events such as the opening of the legislature, opening of the KZN House of Traditional Leaders and Reed Dance ceremony.