Updated | Fears the queen’s passing could spark succession battle

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Regent of the Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, passed on at the Johannesburg Milpark Hospital on Thursday.
Regent of the Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, passed on at the Johannesburg Milpark Hospital on Thursday.
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The passing of the regent of the Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, who has been given the task of appointing a new king following the passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu in March, could spark a succession battle within the royal family.

Queen Dlamini Zulu, who passed away at the age of 65 at Johannesburg’s Milpark Hospital on Thursday, was meant to use her three-month reign to prepare for the installation of a new king.

While Zulu nation prime minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, yesterday assured the nation that there would be no leadership vacuum, sources close to the Zulu royal family said the queen’s passing could make it difficult for the royal family to agree on who should be the new king.

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