Saturday, 07 November 2020 17:10

Photo Credit:Thembinkosi Dwayisa. 

The Zulu Royal Family has announced the death of Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, the first-born son and eldest child of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and Queen Sibongile MaDlamini.

His death was announced by the prime minister to the king, former home affairs minister and founder of the IFP Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

"It is with utmost pain and sadness that we announce the passing away of His Royal Highness Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, the firstborn son and eldest child of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and Her Majesty Queen Sibongile MaDlamini.

"The Zulu Royal Family and the Zulu Nation grieve this sudden and unexpected loss,"Buthelezi said in a statement on Saturday.

No other details were provided.

Buthelezi said arrangements for the funeral would be announced in due course.

Meanwhile the Inkatha Freedom party has expressed shock at the sudden death of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's eldest son.

"We have learned with great shock of the unexpected and sudden passing of the firstborn son of his majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, king of the Zulu nation," IFP leader Velenkosini Hlabisa said in a statement on Saturday.

"On behalf of the Inkatha Freedom Party, I extend our deepest condolences to the royal family on this terrible loss. We wish his majesty strength as he calms the distress of the Zulu nation, and we pray that he himself will be comforted by the support that will undoubtedly come from many quarters as the late prince Lethukuthula is honoured and mourned.

"As the IFP, we express our sympathy also to our founder and president emeritus his excellency prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP. In his capacity as traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch and nation and as his majesty the king’s uncle, prince Buthelezi was with the king and queen deep into the night as they received the news of their son’s passing," Hlabisa said.

 "This is a painful time for the Zulu nation. We stand in support of all who are grieving and we pray for the royal family. May his royal highness prince Lethukuthula Zulu rest in peace," he said.