Tributes continue to pour in after Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu passed away on Thursday after only two days in hospital. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to the Zulu royal family on behalf of the nation. He also indicated the government’s support for the Royal Household and assured to ensure the stability of the family during this period.
Queen Dlamini Zulu was appointed regent after the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini, last month. She was to lead the Zulu nation until the end of a three-month mourning period within the family, after which a new king was to be announced. Unfortunately, she died in turn, after one month. The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, described the death of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu as a double blow to the Zulu nation.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to the Zulu royal family on behalf of the nation. « In early March we lost His Majesty the King and now we are suffering the loss of His Majesty. We will continue to support the Royal Household and ensure the stability of the family during this time, » he said.
Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Foundation expressed shock at the death of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu. « We extend our deepest condolences to the royal family, the AmaZulu nation and the people of Eswatini. May his soul rest in power and peace.
Meanwhile, the Zulu nation’s prime minister and monarch, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said details of the queen’s funeral ceremonies would be announced shortly.