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Memorial service for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini

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Durban – The memorial service for the late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini takes place at the Khethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma.

Since President Cyril Ramaphosa granted the king a special Category 1 official funeral, the king’s traditional prime minister Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi has said the funeral will be turned into a memorial service.

Ramaphosa should deliver the eulogy.

Five days after succumbing to the complications of Covid-19, the Zulu king was laid to rest in a burial punctuated by centuries-old traditions that are applied when a king is buried.


The outspoken king was buried in a secret funeral that began before midnight and ended in the early hours of Thursday.

Earlier in the week, Nongoma Mayor Albert Mncwango urged residents of the rural northern town of KwaZulu-Natal to refrain from attending Thursday’s memorial service and instead use the three zones of public observation installed in the city.

One public viewing area will be the Nongoma Multipurpose Hall and two at the city taxi rank.

“With these public viewing areas, we hope to minimize the number of people who would like to enter the palace as they now have the option of visiting one of the three public viewing areas,” Mncwango said.

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Memorial service for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini

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