It never rains, but it pours: Friday is a sad day for the Zulu nation at the unexpected passing of Her Majesty Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, Regent of the Zulu Nation.
The Regent’s passing on Thursday, 29 April 2021 was confirmed by Zulu Traditional Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Her passing follows that of King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu on 12 March 2021.
Zulu Traditional Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi confirmed that the Queen passed on around 20:15 at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. Buthelezi said:
“The Queen died from a long-term illness that we were aware of, she had previously contracted COVID-19 but she survived. She had been admitted to a hospital in Durban for an operation to remove gall stones, however she wasn’t operated because she was too weak. She was then referred to another doctor in Johannesburg.”
“Her Majesty had complications with her liver, her bile no longer mixed with food as it should in a normal human being, it went straight to the small intestine and this caused complications to her health.”
On Wednesday, 28 April, the Queen was rushed to hospital and the issue surrounding the her health was being kept under wraps, with the severity of her condition unconfirmed.
Further announcements will be made in due course.