- King Goodwill Zwelithini passed away early on Friday, 12 March, 2021
- According to a statement released early on Friday morning, the Zulu king succumbed to an illness while in hospital
- Tributes have been pouring in for the king on social media from many South Africans since the news was shared
King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, King of the Zulu Nation, has passed on early this Friday morning after succumbing to his battle with diabetes, which he has been fighting for over a week while in hospital.
IFP founder and traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, shared a statement that revealed the passing of the Zulu king, which took place while he was still in hospital.
“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.”
Timeslive reported that Buthelezi had also gone on to thank South Africans for keeping the king in their prayers since the news that he had been admitted to hospital was shared just over a week ago by the royal family.
Meanwhile, many South Africans have headed online to share their condolences and messages of support with the family. Read some of them below.
"King Goodwill #Zwelithini has bowed out. This is, undoubtedly, a devastating development to the Zulu Nation and country wide. While many will be shedding tears, the ancestors in the spiritual realm are welcoming their son who served the nation with distinction. #Bayede"
"RIP King Goodwill Zwelithini. #GoodwillZwelithini #Zwelithini"
"Inkosi ikhothamile. Lala ngoxolo #Zwelithini"
Briefly.co.za previously reported Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been admitted to hospital and is being treated for his diabetes in the ICU ward.
A statement was released on Sunday morning revealing that IFP MP Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi had been admitted to hospital after a blood test revealed "several unstable glucose readings" over the last couple of weeks, according to TimesLIVE.
The issues with Zwelithini's blood sugar levels were not solved and he was admitted to Zululand hospital for further treatment.His medical team are being extra cautious as diabetes is known comorbidity in cases of Covid-19, according to News24.
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