Prince Misuzulu Zulu kaZwelithini (born 23 September 1974, Hlabisa, KwaZulu) is the oldest surviving son of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and the probable heir apparent to the throne of the Zulu nation, since the death of his father on 12 March 2021.
His mother, Princess Mantfombi Dlamini of Eswatini, was King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Great Wife, which meant that her children would take preference in succession over the children of the late king’s other wives.
Advocate TG Madonsela read out the Queen’s will at the royal home at Nongoma in Northern Kwazulu Natal.
Madonsela says the Queen had hoped the new leader would be accepted and given support.
“After the untimely demise of our king, king Goodwill Zwelithini, the need to fill up the position of the fallen king has arisen. It is to be appropriate and befitting of the great Zulu nation to bestow the honour given to me by his majesty to my son, Misuzulu Zulu.”
Earlier, members of the AmaZulu and Eswatini royal families, former President Jacob Zuma, government ministers and amakhosi from different areas attended the memorial service of the late AmaZulu regent. There was a sombre mood among mourners, especially women and maidens, who had close contact with the Queen.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he was looking forward to the contribution Queen Mantfombi would have made when she was appointed regent only about a month ago.
Queen Mantfombi was always supportive of the development of women and children especially the maidens. She was against the abuse of women and children. The Queen was giving direction to the young children.”
Delivering the eulogy Zikalala said the queen leaves a lasting legacy. “The work and legacy of the Queen will remain behind and it will be difficult to erase. We, as the government of KwaZulu-Natal, will always support unity and peace among the Royal family.”
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