Regent of the Zulu nation, her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, has died, the royal family confirmed on Thursday night.
The traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch and nation, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, confirmed the news in a statement:
“It is with the deepest shock and distress that the royal family announces the unexpected passing of Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, regent of the Zulu nation.
"This has taken us by surprise and left us utterly bereft. It is true that the Lord alone knows the days that He has allotted to each one of us.”
Buthelezi said announcements on the queen's funeral and the necessary arrangements will be made in due course.
"May Her Majesty, our Regent, rest in peace.”
Condolences poured in for the queen on social media:
Lilitha Bunny Stuurman wrote:
"When it rain it pours."
Lubanzi Mathebula Ntinga commented:
"The dark cloud has once again fallen on the Zulu kingdom, may the departed soul of her majesty the queen rest in eternal peace."
Yingas Jay wrote:
:This is both a shocking and a Sad untimely departure. May God give the Royal Family the strength and love to overcome this ordeal. May Her Soul Rest In Peace."
Less than a month ago, Briefly News reported that Queen Mantfombi became regent following the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini.
She became the regent until an official successor is named.
Buthelezi, at the time of the king's death, shared a statement that revealed the passing of the Zulu king:
“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.”
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.
Meanwhile, many South Africans took to social media to share their condolences and messages of support with the family.
"King Goodwill #Zwelithini has bowed out. This is, undoubtedly, a devastating development to the Zulu Nation and countrywide. While many will be shedding tears, the ancestors in the spiritual realm are welcoming their son who served the nation with distinction. #Bayede"
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