On Thursday evening, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi announced the passing of Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu (65), Regent of the Zulu Nation.
“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,” his statement read.
“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 no leadership vacuum in the Zulu Nation.”
Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s passing comes almost two months after the passing of her late husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. She had been appointed as interim ruler of the Zulu nation until a new successor was named following the passing of her husband.
The Inkatha Freedom Party national spokesperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, said that this was a great loss and extended the party’s condolences to the Royal Family.
“His Majesty’s widows, the Queens, will be in our prayers, as will the Queen Mother and all members of the Royal Family,” Hlengwa said in a statement.
“We are grateful for his assurances that there will be no leadership vacuum in the Zulu Nation. While out hearts are broken, we are without fear for the future. We pray for the Zulu Nation, believing that God’s will remains unassailable.”
The Queen’s cause of death is still unknown.
Tributes have since been pouring in on social media following the announcement of her passing: