The family of King Shaka Zulu has accused Meshack Mavuso of using his name without their consent. The Mhlongos revealed to Daily Sun that they had not previously heard of Meshack’s play Shaka Zulu: The Gaping Wound.
The family has not seen the play and is unaware of its plot, according to Mhlathuze Mhlongo, a representative for the family. We are the sole stewards of Shaka’s legacy, so we are curious about where they obtained their information, Mhlongo added.
Shaka Zulu’s family representative says their main complaint is the use of Shaka’s name without consent. They are worried they may misrepresent him.
“They think they know the king, yet they know nothing…We are not saying Meshack wrongly portrayed him…We want to know why we were never consulted. We understand that Meshack may have good intentions, but we reserve the right to give permission,” says Mhlongo. Mhlongo says they are not fighting. All they want to do is correct history.
The publication says if the actor and his crew failed to contact them, they would have no choice but to take the legal route.
“We have already discussed this with our legal representatives. We are hoping to resolve this matter amicably,” Mhlongo says. When Meshack was contacted by Daily Sun, he said he was shocked by this.
“Yoh! I never knew Shaka belonged to the Mhlongos. It is true that we never consulted them. In fact, we didn’t even do much research because we wrote the play the way we knew it,” he said.
He told the publication that the play highlighted the King’s bravery. His vision was to unite Africans, unfortunately he was killed before realising his dream,” he said.
“What is also remarkable is Shaka’s last words to his assassins. He said they would never rule and instead, other nations would take over,” the actor said.