Queen Mantfomi Dlamini, who became regent more than a month ago after the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini, has died.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi and traditional prime minister to the Zulu nation confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday night.
“It is with the deepest shock and distress that the Royal Family announces the unexpected passing of Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, Regent of the Zulu Nation. This has taken us by surprise and left us utterly bereft. It is true that the Lord alone knows the days that He has allotted to each one of us,” said Buthelezi in a statement.
“Further announcements on Her Majesty’s funeral and the necessary arrangements will be made in due course. May Her Majesty, our Regent, rest in peace.”
Dlamini, who became the regent in an “interregnum” — until an official successor is named, was admitted to hospital earlier this week.
- Inside Politics