NONGOMA: Queen Mantfombi MaDlamini Zulu has been named the interim leader of the Zulu Nation.
Queen MaDlamini will stand in place of the King while a permanent successor is chosen, but this will be confirmed when the mourning period is over.
This comes after Isilo Samabandla King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu was planted last week Thursday.
After 49 years at the helm of the largest ethnic group in the country, the Zulu monarch died the previous Friday from Covid-19 related complications.
Following the planting of King Goodwill Zwelithini, the Zulu royal family has been in a series of meetings, discussing plans to announce a successor.
It’s understood that the contents of the King’s will were also part of the ongoing talks at the Kethomthandayo Royal Palace.
According to an official statement, read by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, “the family confirmed that Her Majesty Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu will act as the regent of the Zulu nation in the interim”.
Queen MaDlamini-Zulu is a sister to the current king of eSwatini and the daughter of King Sobhuza II.
“Further decisions on the succession of the Zulu monarchy will not be announced until the family’s mourning period is over,” Prince Buthelezi added.