King Zwelithini: Late Monarch to Be Laid to Rest by Men Only

King Zwelithini: Late Monarch to Be Laid to Rest by Men Only

- AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will be laid to rest on Wednesday evening by men only

- The late monarch succumbed to diabetes towards the end of last week and tributes are still pouring in

- A memorial will be held for His Majesty on Thursday and he will not lie in state due to Covid-19 protocols

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Reports have revealed that late AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will be laid to rest at night by a select few men on Wednesday. His Majesty passed away last week due to complications from diabetes.

A memorial will be held for King Zwelithini on Thursday but he will no longer lie in state as there are fears surrounding Covid-19 protocols. This follows news that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a State Funeral Category 1 for the late monarch.

A family member of the King contacted the President who supported the change from the state funeral to a memorial on Thursday.

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King Zwelithini: Late monarch to be laid to rest at night by men only
Late AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will be laid to rest on Wednesday with a memorial scheduled for Thursday. Image: RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP
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Speaking to SABC News, AmaZulu Prime Minister Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi confirmed that a few men from the Zulu Royal House will take part in the burial ceremony for the late King. His Majesty's body arrived at the Royal Palace on Saturday.

eNCA reported that a number of well-known names and public figures arrived at KwaNongoma over the past few days to pay their last respects to the King.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the King's body will no longer lie in state. King Goodwill Zwelithini's body will not be on display at his funeral due to concerns over Covid-19.

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. Prince Buthelezi spoke at a gathering with the family in KwaNongoma 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.

In other news, 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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