South Africa’s Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini dies aged 72, The monarch, who
ascended to the throne in 1971, was admitted to the hospital weeks ago for diabetes
treatment. Goodwill Zwelithini, the controversial but revered king of South Africa’s
Zulus, has died after spending weeks in the hospital for diabetes treatment,
his palace announced.
The king wielded great influence among millions of Zulus through his largely
ceremonial and spiritual role despite having no official power in modern South Africa.
The palace said a statement signed by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a powerful veteran
politician who is also a Zulu prince; “It is with the utmost grief that I inform the
nation of the passing of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini … King of the Zulu nation.