Condolences pour in following passing of Zulu Queen

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A picture taken on September 11, 2004 shows the late Zulu Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu taking part in the annual Umkhosi woMhlanga (Reed Dance) dance festival at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Kwa-Nongoma.
A picture taken on September 11, 2004 shows the late Zulu Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu taking part in the annual Umkhosi woMhlanga (Reed Dance) dance festival at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Kwa-Nongoma.
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Messages of condolences on Friday afternoon continued to pour in following the passing of Zulu nation Regent, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal described Queen Dlamini Zulu, who passed away at a Johannesburg hospital on Thursday, as a leader who served the Zulu nation with humility.

“The Queen was a highly respected woman, as she held the most important position in the Royal House, first as queen consort and the regent of the Zulu nation. 

“She was revered by the Royal family, the Zulu Kingdom and the entire South African community,” ANC provincial spokesperson, Nhlakanipho Ntobela said.

Queen Dlamini Zulu, who was initially admitted to a Durban hospital before being transferred to a Johannesburg hospital, was appointed as the Zulu nation’s interim ruler on March 24 following the passing of her husband, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu on March 12.

According to members of the Zulu royal family, Queen Dlamini Zulu has been unwell since 2020.

The IFP said the passing of the Queen has created a dark cloud over the Zulu nation.

“We are saddened by the passing of the Queen Regent in a short space after the untimely departure of His Majesty, the king,” IFP president, Velenkosini Hlabisa, said.

DA provincial leader, Francois Rodgers, described Queen Dlamini Zulu’s passing as “tragic”.

“The DA extends its heartfelt condolences to the Royal family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad and tragic time.

“We also extending our sincere condolences to the Zulu Nation as a whole during this time of immense loss,” he said.

Zulu nation Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who announced Queen Dlamini Zulu’s passing on Thursday evening, said the Zulu royal family would be announcing preparations for the Queen’s funeral in due course.

The Provincial House of Traditional Leadership in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), under the leadership of Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, also conveyed its sincere condolences to the Zulu Royal family and the Zulu nation at large. 

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