Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu of the South African Zulu tribe has died. The monarch died just a month after she became regent following the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini.
The queen’s prime minister is rubbishing claims that the 65-year-old Queen has been poisoned, and said her death has taken her family by surprise and they were left “utterly bereft”.
Queen Mantfombi was admitted to hospital a week ago after suffering an unspecified illness, South African media reported.
“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,” Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the prime minister, said in a statement.
And although a successor of the largest tribe in South Africa has not yet been named, the prime minister is assuring that there will be “no leadership vacuum in the Zulu Nation”.