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State confirms collection of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s remains

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The government has confirmed that the remains of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu have been collected from Johannesburg to be sent to the KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace in Nongoma.

The government took to Twitter on Wednesday, 5 May 2021, to confirm that the Zulu and eSwatini royal families have collected the remains of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu. The regent’s passing was reported last week, with the cause of her death still being speculated. There have been allegations of poison being found in her blood, however, it is also believed that she had been ill for some time before her passing. Moreover, with the current battle over the will and assets of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, it is believed that the royal family is quite divided currently.

Her remains have been transported from Johannesburg to the KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal. The regent will be laid to rest at night, much like her husband. According to the statement , “According to Zulu custom, Queen Mantfombi’s remains will be interred in secret on Thursday night and it is expected that female regiments, known as Isiphithiphithi, will take part in activities associated with the funeral.”

Moreover, “A memorial service will be held on Friday at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace, which will be presided over by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to which Her Majesty belonged. About 100 young Zulu maidens, or izintombi, braved the cold weather and held a night vigil outside the Johannesburg mortuary in honour of the Queen.”

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