South Africa’s Zulu King, Zwelithini is DEAD
King Gioodwill Zwelithini steered clear of the controversial gay remarks he allegedly made last weekend at the inauguration of Inkosi Samkelo Cele at St Faiths near Highflats on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast yesterday. ÊPicture: THULI DLAMINI

South Africa’s Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuZulu died on Friday.

Zwelithini was born on July 14, 1948 in KwaZulu-Natal.

His demise was confirmed by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarchy.

The king’s health deteriorated after he was admitted to an intensive care unit in a private hospital recently.

“Tragically, while still in hospital, his majesty’s health took a turn for the worse and he subsequently passed away,” Buthelezi said in a statement.

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The royal family member and founder of Inkatha Freedom Party thanked people for their support and prayers.

At age 20 and a student, Zwelithini was appointed to the throne after his father’s death in 1968.

The deceased made history as the longest-serving monarch of the Zulu Kingdom.

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