King Goodwill Zwelithini died Friday morning. (Jabulani Langa)
- The KZN government declared plans for a week of national mourning.
- King Goodwill Zwelithini will have a private burial on Wednesday.
- Sunday, several renowned leaders were at the royal palace to pay their last respects.
The Zulu royal family has criticized the newspapers, City Press and the Sunday Times, for obituaries of King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, which were published on Sunday.
The family described the pieces as “vulgar lies.”
Mangosuthu Prince Gatsha Buthelezi said in a statement: “We have been pierced to the heart by the vulgar lies sprinkled by two national newspapers by the City Press editor and the Sunday Times obituary. His Majesty the King has not yet been “Even though a nation is in pain, these journalists have taken it upon themselves to ridicule our pain. Such sadistic cruelty cannot be understood.”
City Press editor Mondli Makhanya wrote on Sunday that Zwelithini “should be remembered for what was his most prominent role in our history: a useful idiot in the hands of the apartheid government, the will of which costing his powerful position in the service of this regime cost tens of thousands of lives. “
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Buthelezi said the family is also unaware of a press conference convened at the royal palace.
“We are informed that a press conference has been convened at the royal palace, where I am right now, [which says] “in the name of the royal family,” but the family did not notice. It is unfortunate that, at a time like this, there are differences of opinion on how matters should be handled, despite clear protocols that everyone knows about, ”he said.
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The KwaZulu-Natal government has declared plans for a week of national mourning.
The Zulu royal family has thanked South Africans for their messages of condolence on the king’s death.
“On behalf of the Zulu royal family, we thank the people of South Africa and the people of our nation for expressing such deep respect for His Majesty the King. It relieves the burden of grief to know that we are traversing this valley flanked by infinite areas. support regiments, “Buthelezi said.
He said the king will have a private burial on Wednesday.
Funeral arrangements have been modified and a memorial prayer service was held on Thursday.
Several renowned leaders were at the Kwakhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma to pay their last respects.
It included Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Police Minister Bheki Cele, and KZN Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala.
Zwelithini died early Friday morning from complications from Covid-19.
He was the longest-serving monarch of the Zulu nation, after reigning for more than 50 years.