KZN House of Traditional Leaders: King Zwelithini’s successor must be a unifier

The institution said the late Zulu monarch espoused the principle of unity and the next leader of the Zulu nation must take this legacy forward.

FILE: Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini greets his supporters at The Moses Mabhida Football Stadium in Durban on 7 October 2018. Picture: AFP

DURBAN - The KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders said on Saturday it expected the successor of the late AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to be a unifier.

The institution said the late Zulu monarch espoused the principle of unity and the next leader of the Zulu nation must take this legacy forward.

King Zwelithini passed away in a Durban hospital on Friday following diabetes-related complications.

Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza said they will respect and give the Zulu royal family time to appoint the late King Goodwill Zwelithini's successor.

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Chiliza said they expected the next leader to follow in his footsteps.

“We expect a unifier as our king was and we strongly believe our king has done everything so that whoever in the family knows exactly what it is the people expect.”

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King Goodwill Zwelithini had been receiving medical care for over a month before his passing.

The king, a known diabetic, was initially admitted for high glucose levels.

His family confirmed on Saturday that the monarch contracted COVID-19 while hospitalised but recovered.

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