South Africa's Zulu nation crowns new king

STORY: The king was briskly swept into a private ceremony before meeting the chanting Amabutho warriors.

As he entered the cattle-pen, he was acknowledged by the Zulu nation as its new ruler.

Notable dignitaries including envoys from Swaziland, Zambia and South Africa attended the event.

The Zulu kingdom was thrown into disarray following the death of Goodwill Zwelithini, resulting in various succession battles and urgent court interdicts to halt the traditional coronation.

The ceremony marked Misuzulu ka Zwelithini's acceptance by the kingdom as its new monarch.

A state ceremony is expected to take place at Moses Mabhida stadium later in the year.