Signifying the high esteem in which both the rich and the poor held the late Zulu leader, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, the working class mingled with billionaires during his memorial service at kwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma on Thursday.
The memorial service, which saw locals, foreign dignitaries and top politicians converging at the palace, captured both the sombre mood in the country as well as the celebrations by citizens impressed by the fact that the king was given a fitting send-off.
Mgiliji Nhleko, an induna and commander of the Zulu regiments, said he was proud that despite restrictions on public gatherings meant to curb the spread of Covid-19, Zulu regiments were given space to salute their king for the last time. “Yes, as Amabutho we fully understand the need to restrict gatherings. However, we would not have found closure if we were not allowed to play a role in ceremonies to honour him.