King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu has died. He was 73 years old. Picture: ANA Photographers/African News Agency
King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu has died. He was 73 years old. Picture: ANA Photographers/African News Agency

Ramaphosa declares special official funeral for King Zwelithini

By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi Time of article published Mar 12, 2021

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Cape Town - President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a special official category 1 funeral and ordered that flags be flown at half mast until the funeral service of King Goodwill Zwelithini, who died on Friday.

Spokesperson for Ramaphosa, Tyrone Seale, said the date of the funeral will be announced in due course.

“This funeral will entail ceremonial elements provided by the South African National Defence Force,” said Seale.

“In terms of chapter 1.5.2(a) of the state, official and provincial funeral policy manual, the president may designate the funeral of a distinguished person as a special official funeral,” he added.

“President Ramaphosa has expressed his sincere condolences to the royal family, to the Zulu nation, and to the people of KwaZulu-Natal and beyond – for whom Ingonyama was an important symbol of history, culture and heritage,” he said.

Earlier on Friday KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said they were going to write to Ramaphosa to ask him to grant the king a special official funeral.

Political Bureau

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