- Early this Friday morning King Goodwill Zwelithini succumbed to his illness after battling with it for over a week in the hospital
- In a statement released by the royal family, they thanked the nation for keeping Zelithini in its prayers
- Since the news was shared, many locals have headed online to share their condolences and messages of support with the family
Early this morning King Goodwill Zwelithini died in hospital while battling complications brought along by diabetes. A statement released by the royal family shared the news online with South Africans.
In the statement, Prince Buthelezi who wrote the statement on behalf of the royal family, also thanked South Africans for keeping Zwelthini in their prayers after he was admitted to hospital over a week ago.
Many South Africans are deeply saddened by the news and have headed online to share their condolences with the royal family. Read a few of their heartfelt supportive messages and tributes below:
"His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini... He was bold , fearless and in charge...He led one of the biggest Kingdoms in the world.May his soul in Peace. Condolences to the Zulu Royal family and Zulu people."
"A King has fallen. May his majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini's soul rest in peace. Condolences to the Zulu Nation, royal council, the royal house and everybody touched by his passing."
"Heartfelt condolences to the Zulu nation, May the soul of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu Rest In Peace."
"Rest in peace King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu.You have been promoted to glory. You fought a noble fight!"
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that 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.”
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