This morning, South Africans has woken up to the shocking news about the passing of Mantfombi Dlamini, Princess of eSwatini, Queen of the Zulu. This comes just after a month since the passing of her husband and the Great Zulu King, Zwelithini. According to reports, the Queen passed away on Thursday evening.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi issued a statement confirming this.
“It is with the deepest shock and distress that the Royal Family announces the unexpected passing Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, the regent of the Zulu Nation,” he continued. “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. On behalf of the Royal Family I wish to assure the nation that while we are all rightly grief-stricken, there will be no leadership vacuum in the Zulu Nation.”
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi also revealed that announcements of Her Majesty’s funeral arrangement will be shared soon.
"Further announcements on her majesty’s funeral and the necessary arrangements will be made in due course. May her majesty, our regent, rest in peace."
The Queen became interim leader of the Zulu Kingdom under ‘Queen Regent’ on March 24, 20201. This came after the passing of her husband King Zwelithini Goodwill on March 12, 2021, until the next King was appointed. The Queen was hospitalized on April 27, 2021, until her passing on the 29th of April 2021.
Messages of condolences and respect to the Queen have flooded social media. Here’s what some of our Zalebs had to say about her majesty.
“Sad news to wake up to. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has announced the passing of the Regent of the Zulu Nation.
Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu has passed away. Lala ngoxolo Mama
I would like to send my deepest condolences to the Royal family, friends, colleagues, loved ones and the entire Zulu Nation. Nxese. Dudu bakithi 🙏🏿
Prof Thuli Madonsela
“HeartbreakingBroken heart I can’t imagine the depth of sorrow in the royal family. Heartfelt condolences to all loved ones and the Zulu nation. May Queen Mantfombi’s regal soul rest in eternal peace”
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