South Africa’s Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini dies

King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu nation (Photo: BBC)

King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu nation, leader of South Africa’s largest ethnic group, and an influential traditional ruler has died. He was 72-years-old.

He was admitted to hospital in KwaZulu-Natal last week to monitor his ongoing diabetes condition. The king’s prime minister thanked South Africa for its “continued prayers and support in this most difficult time”.

King Zwelithini was named successor to the throne at just 20 years in 1968. However, he was not crowned until 1971 because he went into hiding after receiving death threats. He resigned for five decades and leaves behind six wives and 28 children.