The monarch, who ascended to the throne in 1971, was admitted to hospital weeks in the past for diabetes remedy.
Goodwill Zwelithini, the controversial however revered king of South Africa’s Zulus, has died on the age of 72 after spending weeks in hospital for diabetes remedy, his palace introduced.
The king wielded nice affect amongst thousands and thousands of Zulus by his largely ceremonial and non secular function regardless of having no official energy in fashionable South Africa.
“It’s with the utmost grief that I inform the nation of the passing of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini … King of the Zulu nation,” the palace mentioned an announcement signed by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a robust veteran politician who can also be a Zulu prince.
The king was admitted to hospital final month for diabetes.
“Tragically, whereas nonetheless in hospital, His Majesty’s well being took a flip for the more serious and he subsequently handed away within the early hours of this morning,” the assertion mentioned.
“On behalf of the Royal Household, we thank the nation to your continued prayers and help on this most troublesome time.”
Born in Nongoma, a small city within the southeastern Kwa-Zulu Natal province, Zwelithini ascended the throne in 1971 in the course of the apartheid period on the age of 23, three years after the loss of life of his father.