- King Goodwill Zwelithini's body arrived at Kwakhethomthandayo Palace, the hearse was greeted with dancing and celebrations while sombre amabutho lined the streets
- The contrast between the amabutho and the dancers was stark, they took the role of honour guard for the late king
- Zwelithini's body will be laid to rest at another palace, ‘ukutshala’ which means to be planted
AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu's body was greeted with celebratory dances and dozens of AmaZulu regiments called amabutho escorted the motorcade as it arrived at Kwakhethomthandayo Palace, taking up the role of the honour guard for the late king.
The juxtaposition between the sombre behaviour of the warriors and the joyful dancers was stark as the convoy made its way to the mortuary.
The remains of the Zulu king will be laid to rest at another palace called ‘ukutshala’ in isiZulu which translated to mean being planted. The amabutho will take part in the burial ceremony.
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.
The sweet post paid tribute to the leader, who succumbed to Covid-19-related complications last week.
Mzansi social media users found the post by Kairo very sweet and complimented the little girl on how beautiful she looked in her Zulu attire.
"Our nation has lost a king. Hamba kahle Silo samabandla. King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu."
In other news, 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.
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