- King Goodwill Zwelithini's son Prince Lethukuthula Zulu was murdered, Gauteng police confirmed on Monday
- An inquest docket opened over the weekend has now been shifted to a murder investigation
- A police official has explained that preliminary evidence from the initial investigation prompted this alarming change
King Goodwill Zwelithini's son's death over the weekend has been dubbed a murder by Gauteng police officials. Prince Lethukuthula Zulu was found by security staff at his Graceland One residential complex in Northworld.
In a statement issued on the high-profile investigation, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters commented:
“The inquest docket opened at Honeydew police station on November 6 to further investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Prince Lethukuthula Zulu at the Graceland One residential complex in Northworld has been converted to a murder case, based on preliminary evidence emerging from the initial investigation."
The results of a postmortem examination are needed before the exact cause of death is confirmed. A friend of the late Prince was discovered sleeping in another bedroom by the guards, according to Peters.
A case of theft is also being investigated after valuable items, including money, had been as taken from the home. Peters called upon members of the public with information that would assist the case to come forward:
“Police are appealing to anyone who may have information that could assist in this investigation to contact Honeydew police station or their nearest police station, or call the Crime Stop number 08600 10111."
The KwaZulu-Natal government expressed its condolences over the sudden death of the prince, commenting in a statement that:
"The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, has on behalf of the provincial government extended his heartfelt condolences to King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu and the Royal Household following the passing of His Majesty’s eldest son Prince Lethukuthula Zulu.
"As the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal we wish to express our profound shock and sadness at the news of the passing of Prince Lethukuthula Zulu."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that King Goodwill Zwelithini is in mourning following the news that his eldest son, Prince Lethukuthula Zulu has passed away.
The prime minister to the king, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, informed the king of his son's passing. Buthelezi revealed that it was with utmost sadness that the prince had passed away.
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Source: Briefly News