King Misuzulu kaZwelithini’s coronation - white South Africans monarchy (?)
Misuzulu kaZwelithini at his coronation. [Photo: GCIS]

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Do white South Africans have a monarch?

South African tribes have Kings, Queens and chiefs of varying ranks, but what about white South Africans? Do they have a monarch?

19-03-24 16:50
King Misuzulu kaZwelithini’s coronation - white South Africans monarchy (?)
Misuzulu kaZwelithini at his coronation. [Photo: GCIS]

South Africa has a long, sometimes difficult political history that has included kings and rain queens, politicians, and charlatans. Zulu and Xhosa monarchs ruled Southern Africa’s traditional affairs for a long time. who rules white South Africans in the African region?

If you’re Zulu, then you know about Zwelithini’s legacy and the current monarch. If you are Xhosa, you are familiar with Xhosa Kings such as King Jonguxulo kaMaxhob’ayakhawuleza or King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo .

But what about white South Africans?

Do white people also have a king?

There’s nobody claiming to be the ruler of white South Africans. Have you ever wondered why?

Here’s more about this story.


South Africa’s white population doesn’t have an official monarch or king.

‘White’ is a mixture of different South African backgrounds and cultures. Someone can be English or white, Afrikaans or white, coloured or white, or Swedish and white.

Afrikaans (or English-speaking) cultures don’t have an official monarch either.

Some people have claimed to speak for South Africa’s Afrikaans population, while speaking for small groups that they represent.

There is no single figure representing South Africa’s Afrikaans, English, or white population.

People are free to associate with leaders of their choice.


Charles is the current UK reigning monarch. He was inaugurated, with his wife Camilla, on 6 May, 2023.

No, it’s not King Charles either.

There’s a good reason why.

South Africa withdrew from the Commonwealth in 1960. Other countries still counted on the UK’s influence, while Southern Africa eventually became democratic and chose its own route.


Misuzulu Sinqobile kaZwelithini is the current reigning Zulu monarch.

He became the ruler on 12 March 2021, after his father’s death. He is King Goodwill Zwelithini’s third-oldest surviving son – and it makes him the next person in line for the throne.

The Zulu monarch has fans across South Africa. HIs influence stretches further than ‘just’ the Zulu nation.


Some South African fringe groups have claimed authority over Afrikaans white people before.

Singer Steve Hofmeyr is a frequent advocate for ‘Afrikaner’ causes, but has also been criticised for his racism and old flag displays. Groups like AfriForum and the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging have also claimed to be the ‘voice’ of Afrikaans people – but hardly all Afrikaans people would agree.

Who should South African Afrikaans people be listening to?