Passing of Zulu regent won't leave leadership vacuum - Buthelezi
Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu was appointed regent after the death of her husband, King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu last month.
DURBAN - Prime minister to the Zulu nation and monarch, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said that there would be no leadership vacuum within the Zulu nation following the passing of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu.
Queen Dlamini Zulu was appointed regent after the death of her husband, King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu last month.
She was expected to lead the Zulu nation until the end of a three-month mourning period within the family, after which a new king was expected to be announced.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi: "It has taken us by surprise and left us utterly bereft."
Queen Dlamini Zulu married King Goodwill Zwelithini in 1977, becoming his third wife.
Together, they had seven children, with the oldest, Misuzulu kaZwelithini, being touted as a strong contender for the throne.
The late 65-year-old was of royal blood as the daughter of the late King Sobhuza II and sister to King Mswati III of eSwatini.