Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini passed away 12 March 2021


South Africa and the Zulu Nation woke up to the sad news of the passing of His Majesty The King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu on Friday morning.  The King of the Zulu Nation succumbed and died after a long battle with an illness in hospital.   Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday mourned Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who died earlier in the day after spending some weeks in hospital.   King Zwelithini’s traditional prime minister Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi announced his passing, saying his health had taken a turn for the worse.    The Royal Family has confirmed the mortal remains of  AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will lie in state at Khethomthandayo Royal Palace.

King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu has died aged 73. Picture: African News Agency (ANA)


Buthelezi – Announcement on the passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu


The King passed away in the early hours of this morning. In a statement earlier, the Royal Family thanked the nation for its continued prayers and support.


To get more reaction on the passing of AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, by Dumisani Shange.


Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma paid tribute to the late King Goodwill Zwelithin


Buthelezi stated that “It is with the utmost grief that I inform the nation of the passing of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, King of the Zulu Nation,” Buthelezi, who is also founder and former leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, said in a statement. “Tragically, while still in hospital, His Majesty’s health took a turn for the worse and he subsequently passed away in the early hours of this morning.”

In a statement, Ramaphosa said he was deeply saddened by the news of the king’s death, which came “at a time when we had all been hopeful that His Majesty was recovering well in hospital”. His Majesty will be remembered as a much-loved, visionary monarch who made an important contribution to cultural identity, national unity and economic development in KwaZulu-Natal and through this, to the development of our country as a whole,” Ramaphosa added.

The President  has offered his sympathies and prayers to the Royal Family, to the Zulu nation, and to the people of KwaZulu-Natal and beyond – for whom the Ingonyama was an important symbol of history, culture and heritage.  (Ingonyama is the old Zululand homeland).

Tributes for the king also came in from other prominent South Africans and politicians including leader of the official opposition Democratic Alliance party John Steenhuisen. “King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu has been a hugely important and influential figure on our political and cultural landscape for the past five decades since becoming king in 1968,” Steenhuisen said.



(14 July 1948 – 12 March 2021)

King Zwelithini, the eighth monarch of the Zulu Kingdom, was initially admitted to hospital due to “several unstable glucose readings” that had raised concern with his doctors, Buthelezi said in a statement on 7 February.

King Zwelithini was born on 14 July 1948 at Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal. He was the eldest son of King Cyprian Bhekuzulu and his second wife, Queen Thomo. Zwelithini’s father, King Cyprian, died in 1968 and a regent was appointed to look after the administration of the Royal affairs while Zwelithini completed his education. He was a 20-year-old student at the time. King Zwelithini was installed as the eighth Monarch of the Zulu nation on 3 December 1971 at a traditional ceremony in Nongoma that was attended by 20 000 people. Before his appointment to the throne, Zwelithini had to go into hiding outside the kingdom following a plot to have him killed.

During the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa) in the early 1990s, Zwelithini’s status as king became a point of bitter contention between Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (then leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party) and the Codesa delegates. In an about-face, Buthelezi refused to attend Codesa two in May 1992 in protest of the lack of clarity on the future of the king’s position.

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In July 1992, South Africa’s first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela assured King Zwelithini that his status was assured under a new government. This created wider expectations of a dispensation inclusive of various ethnic monarchs in the country. King Zwelithini was also appointed the chair of the Ingonyama Trust established in 1994, which holds all the land that was previously owned or belonged to the erstwhile KwaZulu government. The king has a number of palaces in Nongoma, the Royal City of Zululand. He has six wives and 28 children.Every September a festival called the Royal Reed Dance (or Umkhosi woMhlanga) takes place in Nongoma and it attracts thousands of people.



Suid-Afrika en veral die Zoeloevolk het wakker geword van die hartseer nuus oor die afsterwe van hul Zoeloekoning Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, vroegoggend op 12 Maart 2021. Die koning van die Zoeloevolk het beswyk en is dood na ‘n lang stryd met hoë bloedsuiker in die hospitaal. Hy was sedert 1968 die koning van die Zoeloes. Hy word oorleef deur sy ses vroue en 28 kinders.

Cyril Ramaphosa het sy simpatie uitgestuur aan die familie van die Zoeloekoning, Goodwill Zwelithini, wat vroeër die dag dood is nadat hy ‘n paar weke in die hospitaal deurgebring het. Koning Zwelithini se tradisionele premier, prins Mangosuthu Buthelezi, het sy heengaan aangekondig en gesê dat sy gesondheid slegter geword het terwyl hy in hospitaal was. Die koninklike familie het bevestig dat die stoflike oorskot van AmaZulu-koning, Goodwill Zwelithini, in die Khethomthandayo Royal Paleis sal wees.

Sterkte aan die familie. Julle het iemand besonders verloor.

Die Zoeloevolk het ‘n baie belangrike persoon en skakel in hul lewens verloor. Hy was lank in beheer van die Zoeloe se sake en aangeleenthede, inteendeel dit het reeds voor 1994 begin en sal daarvoor onthou word. Sy volk, die Zoeloes het altyd eerste by hom gekom. Daar is verskeie berigte en ook beeldmateriaal wat wys waar sy lojaliteit gelê het.



Ingonyama Trust moet voortbou op wat hy en ander daargestel het vir die Zoeloevolk reeds voor die 1994 verkiesing tydens Kodesa onderhandelinge, waar die ou Zoeloetuisland die Trust gevorm het onder Ingonyama trustwetgewing.

Vir die oningeligtes – lees die wetgewings en hansards van ANC parlement.

Alle tuislande (voorheen reservate) en britse kroongebiede vir khoi san en griekwas), is steeds daar waar die meer as 30 miljoen etniese swartes, khoisan en griekwas woonagtig is.

Na 1994 is die gebiede as grondeise geregistreer as Trust of CPA’s en onder nuwe wetgewing – CPA en Trust val. Die hele spul bly almal steeds apart van mekaar. CPA’s en Trust ontvang baie uit belasting en staatskas uit.

Wat het sedert 1854 verander? Nie veel nie, want alles is kommunale grondgebiede soos Shepstone beleid.

Wat is die leuens hieromtrent, is dat ons Boere veral, en blankes (na 1961) die skuld kry vir die meer as 30 miljoen wat steeds apart bly / werk en word ons die skuld gegee vir hulle “apartheid”.

Ons soek ook ons eie ONAFHANKLIKE Boere republieke terug soos wat dit was voor die Anglo-Boere oorloë.

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