Johannesburg – The Zulu Royal family has announced the death of its monarch Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu just a month after she became regent.
The 65-year-old Queen became interim leader of the Zulu nation after the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Traditional Prime minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said her death had taken the family by surprise and they were “utterly bereft”.
“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.”
A successor as ruler of the 11 million-strong nation has not yet been named.