Zulu Queen Mantfombi Dies a Month After Becoming Regent

Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu has died a month after she became the regent, the royal family in South Africa announced on April 28.

“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,” the traditional prime minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelez said in a statement.

“Further announcements on Her Majesty’s funeral and the necessary arrangements will be made in due course,” Buthelezi also said.

Buthelezi also said that he wished to assure the 11-million Zulu nation that there would be “no leadership vacuum.”

Mantfombi, 65, became the interim ruler of the largest ethnic group in South Africa last March 24 after her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini, died at the age of 72 due to diabetes-related complications.

According to South African media, Mantfombi was admitted to the hospital last week due to an unspecified illness.

A successor has yet to be named, but according to reports, 47-year-old Prince Misuzulu, the eldest son, was expected to take the throne.

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