UPDATED | Royal family travels to Durban to fetch King Zwelithini’s body

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini speaking at the commemoration of the Battle of Isandlwana.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini speaking at the commemoration of the Battle of Isandlwana.
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Members of the Zulu Royal family travelled to Durban on Friday to oversee the transfer of King Goodwill Zwelithini’s body from the hospital he died at to a mortuary.

Zwelithini died on Friday morning following complications linked to his diabetic condition.

IFP founder, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who is also the Prime Minister of the late Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, arrived at the Durban Hospital where the King died just before 12.30 pm.

Buthelezi, who was accompanied by members of the Zulu Royal family, arrived in a convoy at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital, where Zwelithini died on Friday morning in an ICU ward. Earlier, Buthelezi indicated that Zwelithini's body would be moved to a mortuary on Friday.

According to Zwelithini’s Prime Minister, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, preparations are underway to have the King’s body transported to the Royal Palace in Nongoma, where it will lie in state for viewing.

Born on July 14, 1948, Zwelithini, served as Zulu King for 49 years.

Zwelithini died while receiving treatment at a Durban hospital’s ICU ward after his glucose levels have become unstable.

By late Monday morning Buthelezi was yet to inform the nation about the funeral arrangements for Zwelithini

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