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His Majesty King Zwelithini was the longest serving monarch of the Zulu kingdom, with close to half a century on the throne. On December 3, 2021, His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu would have celebrated 50 years since his coronation in 1971, as Isilo of the Zulu people of South Africa. The name Zwelithini literally means, (What does the world have to say?”). His majesty was born on July 14, 1948, the eldest son of Paramount Chief Cyprian Bhekuzulu and his second wife, Thomozile Jezangani kaNdwandwe. He was educated at the Bhekuzulu College of Chiefs and then privately tutored. He lived at his father's official residence at Khethomthandayo and received formal instruction in traditional Zulu customs. He was installed as the eighth monarch of the Zulu kingdom at a traditional ceremony at Nongoma on 3 December 1971.
The king was a strong steward and custodian of Zulu traditions and customs. King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu played a crucial role in cultural programs and initiatives aimed at promoting social cohesion among the diverse groups in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The late monarch can be described as a repository of culture. He not only defended and advanced the interests of the Zulu people but advanced their culture, customs, the traditions and a deep sense of identity.
His majesty king was a leader who encouraged health education, especially as a strong ally of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in South Africa’s response to COVID-19.
King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu’s wise leadership will be remembered forever. He will be sorely missed.
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