What gifts do you buy the Zulu monarch on his birthday? After all‚ King Goodwill Zwelithini is a man who – thanks to his more than R50-million annual budget – has it all.

Apparently‚ EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema has the answer: you buy him four pregnant cows and a bull. And it was a gift a beaming King Zwelithini could hardly conceal his delight at.

Excitement was the word – and mood – of the day at King Zwelithini’s Linduzulu Royal Palace in Nongoma‚ northern KZN‚ on Thursday when Malema and his EFF entourage paid homage to the Zulu monarch on his birthday.

But it was two birthdays in one‚ really‚ as the EFF spends the week in the province ahead of its fourth birthday party on Saturday.

Their pre-party meanderings in the province coincided with King Zwelithini’s 69th birthday‚ and it was a scheduling coincidence Malema said he could not let go by.