The news that King Goodwill Zwelithini had died was confirmed on Friday morning. The King of the Zulu nation passed away in hospital at the age of 72…
A statement by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, Inkosi of the Buthelezi clan and traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu monarch and nation, confirmed the King’s death.
“It is with the utmost grief that I inform the nation of the passing of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, King of the Zulu Nation.”
“Tragically, while still in hospital, His Majesty’s health took a turn for the worse and he subsequently passed away in the early hours of this morning.”
“On behalf of the Royal Family, we thank the nation for your continued prayers and support in this most difficult time.”
“May His Majesty our King rest in peace.”
The King had been hospitalised in a Zululand hospital since early February. He was being treated for his diabetic condition at the time.
The President shared his condolences
President Cyril Ramaphosa is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Isilo Samabandla, King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu.
“This sad news come at a time when we had all been hopeful that His Majesty was recovering well in hospital where he had been over the past few weeks,” the President said.
The President has offered his sympathies and prayers to the Royal Family, to the Zulu nation, and to the people of KwaZulu-Natal and beyond – for whom the Ingonyama was an important symbol of history, culture and heritage.
“His Majesty will be remembered as a much-loved, visionary monarch who made an important contribution to cultural identity, national unity and economic development in KwaZulu-Natal and through this, to the development of our country as a whole.”
Tributes poured in for the King on Friday:
I’m deeply saddened by the passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini.
I had the honour of knowing the King, and recall a visit he paid to my factory when I was a younger entrepreneur. I admired him greatly.
My condolences to his family, and the Zulu Nation.
May he rest in peacepic.twitter.com/O1lW4d0YyH
— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) March 12, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Zulu nation on the passing of His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu.
May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead pic.twitter.com/drBdUYq4mZ
— Solly Msimanga (@SollyMsimanga) March 12, 2021
Heartbreaking day for South Africa. Very sad to hear that his Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, King of the Zulu Nation has passed away.
— Brent Lindeque (@BrentLindeque) March 12, 2021
Breaking News: His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, has passed away. pic.twitter.com/tXfU3al0me
— Leanne Manas (@LeanneManas) March 12, 2021
RIP: King Goodwill Zwelithini has passed away
— Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) March 12, 2021
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