So why are my tax Rands used to support [tribal royals]?
It’s a political smoke-and-mirrors trick played by the ruling party where they exploit subjects’ culturally imbued loyalty to their monarchs and chiefs in order to secure votes. If, as almost all of them do, the tribal leaders command their subjects to vote ANC, most will obey without question. Since the ANC holds the parliamentary majority, it also gets a significant say in the amount of money apportioned to each royal house or chief. This sordid setup is sneakily defended as an endeavour to preserve cultural diversity and heritages. It all sounds very noble but in practice is a subversion of democratic principles, not least by preying on widespread misconceptions among South African rural folk concerning how democracy is supposed to work.
Don't know if it's true but I've heard that the Zulu king's budget is in the order of R5 million a year.
Try R50 million. Now connect the dots from that to the ANC’s apparent popularity in KZN.