On Friday morning, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi issued a statement announcing the passing of AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini Ka Bhekuzulu (73).
According to the statement, he passed away in hospital in the early hours of this morning.
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“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,” the statement said.
“Tragically, while still in hospital, His Majesty’s health took a turn for the worst and he subsequently passed away in the early hours of this morning"
He went on to thank the nation for their continued support and prayers 'in this most difficult time' on behalf of the Royal Family.