THE SOUTH AFRICAN ZULU KINGDOM PLUNGED deep into mourning today following the death of much-revered King, Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, one of the world’s longest-reigning monarch.
Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, one of the powerful kings to have ruled the zulu kingdom fell sick shortly died at Johannesburg Royal Hospital Health this afternoon.
According to Dr Richard Malema, the Zulu king died shortly on arrival just exactly when the doctors were attending to him.
The chief Queen of the zulu kingdom broke the news on her facebook wall but quickly deleted it after having over 5000 likes.
Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, born 27 July 1948 at Nongoma was the reigning King of the Zulu nation under the Traditional Leadership clause of South Africa’s republican constitution.
He became king on the death of his father, King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon, in 1968.
Prince Israel Mcwayizeni kaSolomon acted as the regent from 1968 to 1971 while the King took refuge in St. Helena for three years to avoid assassination.
After his 21st birthday and his first marriage, Zwelithini was installed as the eighth monarch of the Zulus at a traditional ceremony at Nongoma on 3 December 1971, attended by 20,000 people.
In the power vacuum created in the 1990s as Apartheid and the domination of the country by White South Africans was abolished, the King was sometimes unable to avoid being drawn into partisan politics.
The Zulu-dominated Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) initially opposed parts of the new constitution advocated by the African National Congress (ANC) regarding the internal governance of KwaZulu.
In particular, the IFP campaigned aggressively for an autonomous and sovereign Zulu king, as constitutional head of state.
As a result, the IFP abstained from registering its party for the 1994 election (a necessity in order to receive votes) in opposition.
However, once it became obvious that its efforts were not going to stop the election (the IFP’s desired goal), the party was registered.
It demonstrated its political strength by taking the majority of the provincial votes for KwaZulu-Natal.
May his soul rest in peace.