On a visit to Cape Town, the Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini accompanied by a large security detail‚ armoured cars and even a personal chef – descended on the Vasco da Gama Taverna at around 7pm on Saturday.
Cape Town writer Herman Lategan took to Facebook to detail what really went down during the visit.
The writer claimed that the royal party was escorted to the venue by a fleet of 4×4 Mercedes Benz vehicles that blocked off the street outside the restaurant from the top and bottom.
According to the writer’s post, the vehicle’s lights were left on‚ “beaming and flashing”.
He went on to lament the king’s over the top security policies – guests were allegedly told “not to make eye contact” and the king’s bodyguards stood in the kitchen overseeing the food’s preparation along with a private chef who ensured that all meals met his very specific dietary requirements.
“The place was cleared out‚ all customers had to pay up and go‚ or move to a separate section‚ out of sight‚” the post reads.
Many South Africans described the incident as “disgraceful” and one suggested that “there is no place for such grandiose behaviour anywhere on our planet”.
Restaurant manager Rosie Lemmer said she and her staff had considered it “a very pleasant experience”.
The king’s private chef accompanied him but she said he did not cause a disturbance in the kitchen.
“The King was a perfect gentleman‚” she said‚ adding that the bodyguards had not intimidated any of the guests.
“I’m not sure why such a pleasant evening has caused such a stir‚” she said.
“Maybe they were offended that it was a Zulu King? They wouldn’t be so upset if it was the Queen of England!” concluded Lammer.