King's body will not lie in state, mourners urged not to attend funeral

King's body will not lie in state, mourners urged not to attend funeral

- King Goodwill Zwelithini's body will not be on display at his funeral due to concerns over Covid-19

- Mourners have been asked to attend the funeral virtually and not attend the event in person

- The king will be honoured with a Special Official Funeral Category One, the date has not been confirmed yet

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King Goodwill Zwelithini's body will not be on display at his funeral due to concerns over Covid-19. He will be honoured with a Special Official Funeral Category One funeral.

Mourners have been advised not to attend the funeral in person but to rather pay their respects virtually. SABC will stream the funeral across all of its platforms.

The date of the funeral has not been confirmed.

King's body will not lie in state, mourners urged not to attend funeral
King Goodwill Zwelithini's body will not lie in state at his funeral due to Covid-19 concerns. Photo credit: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP
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Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi spoke at a gathering with the family in Nongoma where they were discussing the funeral arrangements.

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He said that any issues that existed between himself and King Goodwill Zwelithini had been sorted out years ago.

King Goodwill Zwelithini passed away due to Covid-19 complications which exacerbated due to his blood pressure and diabetes.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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"

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.”

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In other news, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's passing has shocked the nation. Well-known personalities and politicians are seemingly on par with each other as they share heartfelt messages to the King's family as well as the Zulu nation.

King Zwelithini played a powerful role in the Zulu nation having been installed as the eighth monarch in 1971. His Majesty was the longest-serving Zulu King and his passing will go down as a sad moment in SA's history.

Names such as Mmusi Maimane, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Herman Mashaba and John Steenhuisen have shared their condolences online.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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