The entire family and Zulu nation across Southern Africa are in the mourning mood over the passing of KING GOODWILL ZWELITHINI KA BHEKUZULU in the early hours of today after being hospitalised for a month.

”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‚Äôs health took a turn for the worse and he subsequently passed away in the early hours of this morning”.

”On behalf of the Royal Family, we thank the nation for your continued prayers and support in this most difficult time”.

”May His Majesty our King rest in peace.”Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi,MP INKOSI of the Buthelezi clan and traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and nation wrote.

The South Africa president Cyril Ramophosa also expressed his condolences to the family of the late king eulogising his how he used his traditonal authority to development his pronvince an the South Africa at large . ”His Majesty will be remembered as a much-loved, visionary monarch who made an important contribution to cultural identity, national unity, and economic development in KwaZulu-Natal and through this, to the development of our country as a whole”.

The Chairman African Tourism Board, Mr. Cuthbert Ncube also made the announcement to his colleagues on the official ATB group page where he empathised with the daughter of the King who is also a member of ATB.

”Dear Colleagues, it is with great pain and heavy to announce the passing away of our Father and King,King Goodwill Zwelithini. the King of the Zulus this morning. May we remember the Family in our prayers. His Daughter is part of ATB Family and has been requested to work with our Minister of Eswatini torwards the action program for 2020 Cultural event”.

King Zwelithini had health problems related to diabetes, according to local news reports. Being the eighth Zulu king, reigned for more than 50 years, making him the longest-serving Zulu monarch.

As the traditional leader of the Zulu nation, Zwelithini did not hold political office but had considerable influence over the country’s estimated 12 million Zulus, the largest ethnic group of South Africa’s 60 million people.

King Zwelithini was an outspoken critic of the government’s planned land redistribution policy, which could affect large tracts of land belonging to the Zulu nation.

By Kazeem Balogun

Kazeem Balogun is the Managing Editor of Kalo Africa News.

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