- Queen Mantfombi has been made regent of the Zulu nation for a period of three months, according to reports
- Her Majesty will be advised by the Royal council and no major decisions will be made due to the mourning period
- Mourners and others in the Zulu nation have been encouraged to return to normal daily activities as per His Majesty's wishes
To allow time for the AmaZulu nation and royal family to mourn the loss of late monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini, Queen Mantfombi has been made regent for the next three months. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi made the announcement.
The announcement follows a meeting of members of the Zulu royal family as well as the late King's lawyers at the Royal Palace in KwaZulu-Natal. Buthelezi said there should be no expectation of a new King after the mourning period.
According to Prince Buthelezi, it is tradition to have a three-month mourning period. During this time, Queen Mantfombi will not be able to make any decisions but she will rather be assisted by the royal council.
TimesLIVE reported that Prince Buthelezi asked that the family be given time to grieve and mourn the loss of His Majesty. The family will be in their mourning period for three months but those in the Zulu nation have been given permission to recommence daily activities.
A report by News24 stated that Prince Buthelezi also spoke about mourners being encouraged to get back to farming. Buthelezi stated that His Majesty had left his wishes that the mourning period does not bring things to a standstill for a long time.
Mourners are free to get back to work in their respective fields as per His Majesty's wishes.
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Queen Mantfombi is the person who will reportedly appoint the late Zulu monarch's successor from one of her sons.
Prince Misuzulu Zulu is Queen Mantfombi's firstborn son and may be the person who succeeds the King.
SABC News reported that Queen Mantfombi is the daughter of King Sobuza and the sister of King Mswati of eSwatini. SowetanLIVE reported that the King's successor will come from Kwakhangelamankengane thus making Prince Misuzulu the most obvious choice.
Briefly.co.za also reported that the late AmaZulu King was laid to rest at night by a select few men. The King'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.
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