The traditional prime minister in the house of the AmaZulu royal family Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi also confirmed that King Zwelithini passed away of COVID-19 related complications, including his blood sugar levels from diabetes.
The king was 72. He spent five weeks in hospital in Durban.
The king will get a Special Official Funeral Category 1. His body is being kept at the Nongoma mortuary and he will not lie in state because of the pandemic.
However, people are urged not to try to attend the king’s funeral and to rather follow the ceremony on TV or any other media platforms.
The SABC will cover the funeral live on its platforms, although date for the funeral has not yet been announced.