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.”

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“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:


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