Written by Jason Burke
Published on 30th April 2021
“It is with 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,” – Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, South African politician and founder of the Inkatha Freedom party
Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu passed away on 29th April 2021 at the age of 65. She was the third wife to former King Goodwill Zwelithini. She was acting as interim leader of the Zulu Nation after her husband passed away a month ago. The cause of her death has not been revealed but media companies confirm that she had been ill for some time.
The Zulu Nation are the largest nation and ethnic group in South Africa, accounting for a fifth of the country’s population. Although the Zulu royal family do not occupy a political role in government, they maintain Zulu traditions and own millions of hectares of land and retain political influence in their nation.