- President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu will be honoured with a Special Official Funeral Category 1
- The Zulu monarch passed away due to Covid-19 complications on Friday morning
- Tributes have poured in for the late ruler of the Zulu kingdom
President Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed that AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu will be honoured with a Special Official Funeral Category One funeral.
Preparations for the funeral will be discussed on Saturday among members of the royal family according to SABC.
"President @CyrilRamaphosa declares special official funeral for King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu http://bit.ly/3ey95xO #RIPKingGoodwillZwelithini"
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 the 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.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za, reported that his Majesty King Zwelithini passed away in the early hours of Friday morning. His passing has rocked Mzansi and many have taken to social media to share their grief.
South African celebrities of various tribes have also shared their grief and condolences to the Zulu nation for the immense loss. Briefly.co.za gathered a few reactions from prominent names.
In other news, 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.
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