Messages of condolences are pouring in following the demise of the regent of the AmaZulu nation – Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu. The Queen died on Thursday night on the age of 65. The information of her passing has shocked many.
As regent, she was presupposed to reign till a successor to her late husband is chosen and put in. By no means earlier than within the historical past of the AmaZulu has a regent handed away earlier than a brand new king is put in.
Folks say the demise of King Goodwill Zwelithini adopted by his Nice Spouse is a double blow to the nation and the steering she offered to girls will probably be missed.
Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu was the Nice Spouse of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini. She was a Princess within the then-Swaziland when she was betrothed to King Goodwill Zwelithini in 1973.
Queen Mantfombi was the daughter of King Sobhuza the Second of Eswatini, and sister of the present ruler – King Mswati III. She has been hailed for working intently with the late King Goodwill Zwelithini in reviving conventional ceremonies just like the Reed Dance.
The chief of maidens collaborating within the annual Reed Dance ceremony, Dolly Masango, has expressed her shock on the passing of the Queen.
“This got here at a time the place we’re nonetheless mourning the passing of our king. We weren’t anticipating this, to our Queen, our mom who labored intently along with his Majesty in reviving the Reed Dance. She linked the AmaZulu Nation with the Eswatini Kingdom. As maidens, we’ve got suffered an incredible loss. It’s not good to lose dad and mom on the similar time.”
The Zulu nation in mourning after the demise of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu:
Umkhosi Wesivivane ceremonies
Maiden minders, girls who information maidens collaborating within the annual Reed Dance, have additionally expressed their shock. A pacesetter of the maiden minders within the Durban metro, Busisiwe Ntombela, says the queen performed an necessary position in internet hosting the annual, women-only Umkhosi Wesivivane ceremonies.
Ntombela says this ceremony is aimed toward making ready girls to face life’s challenges.
“Moreover the Reed Dance, Queen MaDlamini used to host uMkhosi Wesivivane in August for girls. She was dearly liked by girls, we’re unable to precise our shock and unhappiness. On the finish of this ceremony she used to remind us that she’s going to see us at Nyokeni palace, she was our mom and likewise the mom to the maidens she used to advise maidens about preserving tradition.”
The chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Home of Conventional Leaders, Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, says the demise of the Queen got here at a time when the nation was nonetheless making an attempt to come back to phrases with the passing of the King.
“ That is the time that we have to respect ourselves, to mourn and be sure that we give all help to the Royal family. We need to ship our condolences particularly to the sons of the King, the Queen mom, uNdlunkulu Guabini, and all whole family households, we all know the ache they’re on this time. ”
Scale down of main occasions
The KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, says the provincial authorities will scale down main occasions within the wake of the regent’s passing. Zikalala says as regent, she was presupposed to be a bridge between two monarchs and the AmaZulu nation.
“Throughout this era of grief and bereavement, we want to report that as KwaZulu-Natal authorities, while we are going to proceed offering all companies and be sure that the availability of service supply just isn’t disrupted, we are going to nonetheless scale down large occasions that have been anticipated to happen till the burial takes place.”
As regent Queen Dlamini Zulu was presupposed to reign till a successor to her late husband is chosen and put in. By no means earlier than within the historical past of the AmaZulu nation has a regent handed away earlier than a brand new king is put in.
Household historical past
Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, was born in 1956. Her father was each the inheritor to an historical dynasty and the founding father of an unbiased Swaziland, because the nation was recognized.
After a standard upbringing within the Swazi royal household, the Princess was married to King Goodwill Zwelithini in 1977. She was introduced as regent somewhat greater than a month in the past.
Her elder brother Prince Masitsela Dlamini from Eswatini says the information of her passing has left him shocked and heartbroken.
In an interview with SABC radio station Ukhozi FM, Prince Masitsela Dlamini despatched his condolences to the AmaZulu nation and the royal home. He stated on the time of her demise, his sister had not but appointed a successor.
“What has occurred may be very painful. We have now not but even visited the Royal Home after the passing of the King, She had not even began her obligations after being appointed because the regent. She has not appointed the successor, we’re heartbroken, and we’re out of phrases. We’re sending our condolences to the AmaZulu nation and the Royal household.”
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has requested the general public and the media to provide the AmaZulu Royal household area and privateness to cope with the demise of AmaZulu regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu:
Physician Gugulethu Mazibuko from the College of KwaZulu-Natal says the AmaZulu nation is now confronted with an unprecedented problem.
“It got here as a shock, after only a brief succession of the late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini the Royal household, the nation continues to be within the mourning interval. That is occurring for the primary time within the historical past of AmaZulu. We’re all confused and there’s no referral the place we are able to say it occurred in a specific means and it was resolved on this means. We’re all ready for the Conventional Prime Minister of the nation and the Zulu Royal household to make the announcement on the way in which ahead because the Prime Minister has already made the announcement that there will probably be no management vacuum within the nation.”
Professor Sihawu Ngubane from the College of KwaZulu-Natal says Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi should make an announcement on a means ahead following the Queen’s demise:
Mazibuko says like many different girls within the AmaZulu royal household earlier than her, Queen Mantfombi performed a important and revered position. “It’s not one thing new. A very long time in the past, in case you learn the historical past of AmaZulu, you’ll realise that Princess Mkabayi was one of many influential, highly effective leaders of the AmaZulu, Queen kaMsweli as effectively she turned Regent of King Dinuzulu and on this time and period, there are completely different management roles which can be assigned to Royal household girls. As an illustration, the Queen – who has simply handed on – was main the ceremony referred to as Isivivane ceremony, a women-only ceremony. She was main that which is an annual ceremony cultural ceremony held at KwaKhangela Amankengane Royal Palace. Ladies had a particular place within the King’s coronary heart, they have been on the centre of your complete nation as a result of they assign highly effective roles within the nation.”
Her Majesty had eight kids, together with 5 sons. Authors- Fanele Mhlongo and Nonkululeko Hlophe