Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, the regent of the Zulu nation, has passed away.
The news of her passing were confirmed by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch and nation, on Thursday night.
This comes in less than 2 months after King Goodwill Zwelithini passed away in March this year.
“It is with the 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. This has taken us by surprise and left us utterly bereft. It is true that the Lord alone knows the days that He has allotted to each one of us.”
“Further announcements on Her Majesty’s funeral and the necessary arrangements will be made in due course. May Her Majesty, our Regent, rest in peace.” said Buthelezi.
Queen Mantfombi, who became regent just over a month ago after the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini, was reportedly unwell and had been hospitalised. She became the regent in an “interregnum” — until an official successor is named.