- Hundreds of mourners were shocked to learn that King Goodwill Zwelithini had buried his son in a secret ceremony before the official funeral
- Prince Butholesizwe Zulu passed away last Thursday after losing his battle with brain cancer
- The prince was buried before the official funeral on Sunday morning on request of the king
Hundreds of mourners were left shocked and speechless when they learned that King Goodwill Zwelithini had buried his son in a secret burial ceremony before the official funeral could take place. Mourners were taken aback when they realised that Prince Butholesizwe Zulu’s body was not at the palace.
Prince Butholesizwe Zulu passed away last Thursday at his home in Ballito, north of Durban after losing his battle with brain cancer. He was scheduled to be buried in an official funeral on Sunday afternoon.
Mourners gathered at KwaDlamahlahla Royal Palace in KwaNongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal for what they thought was going to be an official and traditional royal Zulu funeral service for the late prince.
Briefly.co.za gathered that mourners were immediately struck by the oddity of the king’s absence from the ceremony which was seen by many as incredibly strange. This set tongues loose with various theories arsing.
Dailysun.co.za reported that the gathered mourners continued to whisper amongst themselves until King Zwelithini’s official spokesperson Prince Thulani Zulu took to the stage and addressed the crowd.
Zulu told the crowd that the mourners should show more respect for the royal family’s privacy and secrets. He said the average person had no need to know where the prince was buried and when the burial took place.
The official funeral service was attended by some high-profile South Africans which included former president Jacob Zuma, Zweli Mkhize, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willis Mchunu and Mike Mabuyakhulu
This sentiment was shared by a well-respected Zulu cultural expert who said people need to remember that Prince Butholesizwe was a biological son of the king and his burial would be different to others which had taken place before him.
A royal insider later revealed that the king had requested to hold a private funeral for his son before the official service took place. The insider said this was bound to confuse people because the custom was widely used by the Zulu people but did not usually apply to those of royal blood.
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