“Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Isilo Samabandla, His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu,” President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“It is with the utmost grief that I inform the nation of the passing of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, King of the Zulu Nation,” reads a statement by Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
“Tragically, while still in the hospital, His Majesty’s health took a turn for the worse and he subsequently passed away in the early hours of this morning. On behalf of the Royal Family, we thank the nation for your continued prayers and support in this most difficult time. May His Majesty our King rest in peace,” Mangosuthu Buthelezi said.
According to reports, King Goodwill Zwelithini has been in the hospital for more than a month. This after his glucose levels shot up.
Here are some of our celebs paying tributes to King Goodwill Zwelithini:
“Farewell King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu Ulale ngoxolo Hlangalomhlabathi,” said Black Coffee.
“REST IN POWER. Condolences to the entire Zulu nation, definitely the most high profile passing since Mandela,” wrote AKA.
“My condolences to the Zulu nation as we have lost a leader and monarch. One who was and is the Zulu culture in his essence. His majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini lead his people in a gracious way and his legacy will live on forever. Alwehlanga lungehlanga. Ikhotheme inkosi,” wrote DJ Tira.
“Sakhothama Isilo Samabandla Onke. We mourning the untimely death of King Goodwill Zwelithini at the age of 73. He was the longest-serving monarch since the establishment of the Zulu monarchy in 1816,” said South Africa’s Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula.
“This is a sad day for the Zulu nation and people around the world. Farewell to our King Goodwill Zwelithini,” said singer Nandi Madida.
May the King Rest In Peace!