The PSCBC has learned with deep sorrow of the passing of our Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini. IFP founder and traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, confirmed the news in a statement issued on Friday morning. “It is with the utmost grief that I inform the nation of the passing of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, king of the Zulu nation. “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.”
King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu (born 27 July 1948 at Nongoma KZN - died 12 March 2021) was the reigning King of the Zulu nation under the Traditional Leadership clause of South Africa's republican constitution.
He became king on the death of his father, King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon, in 1968. After his 21st birthday and his first marriage, Zwelithini was installed as the eighth monarch of the Zulus at a traditional ceremony at Nongoma on 3 December 1971, attended by 20,000 people.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family during this difficult time, as you prepare to bid farewell to a colossal soul, we pray that the Lord grants you courage and strength. “Hamba kahle” our brave King, you fought a gallant battle, it’s time to rest safely in the loving arms of your ancestors, may your noble soul rest in eternal peace.