- Prince Mandla, brother of King Goodwill Zwelithini has passed away at 45
- This is the 4th royal family member to have died recently, rocking the royal house
- Condolences have poured in from the public, the National House of Traditional Leaders and President Cyril Ramaphosa
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King Goodwill Zwelithini's brother Prince Mandla Zulu has passed away at the age of 45. This is another blow to the Zulu royal family who have lost a number of family members recently.
Briefly.co.za learned that President Cyril Ramaphosa was one of the first to send his condolences to the king, the royal household and the people of KwaZulu-Natal.
"My heart goes out to His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini and the royal household at the passing of an outstanding leader and community builder at such a youthful age; a passing that compounds the grief already experienced by the royal family in recent weeks.
"On behalf of government and the nation at large, I offer His Majesty my sincerest condolences in this trying hour. May the soul of Prince Mandla Zulu rest in peace," Ramaphosa said.
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The National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) expressed their sorrow at the news so soon after the deaths of 3 other members of the royal family, princesses Nobuhle and Busi of the Mbelebeleni Royal House, and Queen Noloyiso Sandile (born Princess Nomusa Zulu), the Queen Regent of the AmaRharhabe Kingdom in the Eastern Cape according to News24.
"The sector recently lost Kgoshi Seshego Sekgalabjana Solomon Sekororo, a former member of the Limpopo Provincial House of Traditional Leaders and former member of [the] Limpopo provincial legislature. It is noted, with appreciation that in all structures/formations, Kgoshi Sekororo served with full diligence."
NHTL chairperson, Ikosi Sipho Mahlangu said: "The country will surely be poor without their indelible contributions in our daily lives. We salute these eminent royals, whose lifelong mission was to serve their people by uplifting the downtrodden and the historical marginalised."
"We join all South Africans in conveying our heartfelt condolences to His Majesty King Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, the royal families, friends, colleagues and communities that they served with dedication to the very end. Condolences are also extended in respect of all other royals who passed on."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the death toll as a result of the coronavirus is rising rapidly and another high-profile life was claimed on Wednesday.
Following a short illness, AmaRharhabe Kingdom Queen Regent Noloyiso Sandile passed away on Wednesday at Cecilia Makhiwane Hospital in the Eastern Cape.
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Queen Noloyiso, who is the sister of King Goodwill Zwelithini, died at the age of 56.
Suspicions have now been confirmed that the cause of death is Covid-19.
In other news the Constitutional Court has dismissed ex-president Jacob Zuma's attempt to appeal the High Court's ruling in Derek Hanekom's defamation case.
Zuma had approached the court to overturn the ruling in Hanekom's favour which had ordered the former president to apologise.
In July last year, Zuma had taken to social media to react to Julius Malema's claim that the former minister had collaborated with the EFF to remove the ex-president from office:
"I'm not surprised by Julius Malema's revelations regarding Derek Hanekom. It is part of the plan I mentioned at the Zondo Commission. Derek Hanekom is a known enemy agent."
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