AmaRharhabe kingdom mourns the death of royal uncle, Zulu king Zwelithini

King Goodwill Zwelithini.
King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Image: THEMBINKOSI DWAYISA

The shocking news of the passing on Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekizulu has shattered his in-laws of the AmaRharhabe nation.

Zwelithini, 73, was the older brother of AmaRharhabe Queen Noloyiso Sandile, who passed away due to Covid-19 complications last July.

This morning, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi released a statement confirming the passing of the Zulu monarch, who had ruled the kingdom for 50 years, having been installed as the eighth monarch of the Zulus in December 1971.

The death of his sister had left the king saddened and in deep sorrow.

The two siblings were close to each other and their children.

Noloyiso's son, the reigning AmaRharhabe monarch, King  Jonguxolo Vululwandle Sandile, and his sister, Princess NomaRharhabe Sandile, as well the whole  Sandile royal family and the king's council have expressed shock at the news.

King Sandile's adviser and the kingdom, royal spokesperson Prince Zolile Burns-Ncamashe, said the death of Queen Noloyiso on July 8 had been big blow to King Zwelithini.

“His Majesty was so wounded with the demise of his sister and now his passing on has left his nephew, King Vuklulwandle, and the  family very devastated,” said Burns-Ncamashe

Burns-Ncamashe said that Zwelithini was the longest-serving monarch in Africa and the second in the world.

Zwelithini had been in hospital for some time and is believed to have succumbed to a long battle with diabetes.

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