Queen Mantfombi Dlamini to Act as Zulu Nation Regent
Queen Mantfombi Dlamini stepped in as Zulu Nation Regent at the end of March after the death of her husband, the King. On 29 April 2021 it was announced that she has sadly passed away. Photo: SA News

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has welcomed the announcement that Her Majesty Queen Mantfombi Dlamini will act as regent of the Zulu nation during the interregnum (the time before an official successor is named). UPDATE 29 April 2021: Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu has sadly died at the age of 65.

AmaZulu Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, made the announcement this week at KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace. It follows after King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu, 72, passed away on 12 March, after battling with his health for a while.

Buthelezi also declared three months of mourning.

“The Royal Family as the custodian of our customs and values continues to receive the necessary support from the government of KwaZulu-Natal,” Zikalala said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the provincial government is working together with the stakeholders to avail appropriate resources to assist the Royal Family through this period of history and transition.

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Mourners at the Zulu King’s funeral last week. Photo: GCIS

On behalf of the provincial government and the people of KwaZulu-Natal, Zikalala thanked everyone who conveyed their own sense of loss at the passing of the King and sent words of comfort to the Royal Family and the people of the province.

“We remind the people of KwaZulu-Natal that the Royal Family is still in mourning and we must afford them space as a family to mourn His Majesty during this sad time. We wish Her Majesty, the Zulu Royal Council and the entire Royal Family peace and comfort during this period,” said Zikalala. – SAnews.gov.za