Twitter tributes to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini were poured out on social media as thousands of people honoured his memory just hours after the announcement of his death on Friday Morning.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi announced the death of the Zulu King on 12 March after he succumbed to illness in hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. He was being treated for high blood glucose levels and had been admitted to ICU.
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula, @MbalulaFikile, posted a photograph of himself with the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini and Julius Malema and Tweeted:
“Sakhothama Isilo Samabandla Onke. We mourning the untimely death of King Goodwill Zwelithini at the age of 73.He was the longest serving mornach since the establishment of the Zulu monarchy in 1816.”
He also recalled: “The Zulu monarchy became the first constitutional monarchy since from King Cetywayo and became the template to establishment other monarchs and a key reference point by the Nhlapho Commission. He carried himself with dignity, honour and yet firm on his identity and Zulu cosmology and protected the legacy bestowed to him by his ancestry. Lala kahle ngonyama Ngangezwe lakhe. You have ran a race and finished well !”
The Economic Freedom Fighters was quick to retweet the photograph and Mbalula’s first Tweet with the comment: “In picture the CiC
@Julius_S_Malema and His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu during the EFF’s official visit to His Majesty’s Royal Home in July 2017.”
On the other end of the politcal spectrum Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen Tweeted: “The DA notes with sadness the passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, the Royal House and the Zulu nation in this time of loss. May you find comfort and strength as you mourn and celebrate his full life. May His Majesty rest in peace.”
DA MP DeanMacpherson Tweeted that he was sad to hear of Zulu King
Goodwill Zwelithini’s passing. He added: “I enjoyed many rounds of golf with him in Durban on his frequent visits which always included a good number of laughs. His constant presence over the last 53 years during his reign will be missed. RIP”
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa Tweeted: “The UDM joins the rest of South Africa in mourning the passing of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. Bon voyage Silo Samabandla. Bayede!”
Former public protector Professor Thuli Madonsela said she was “deeply saddened” by the news.
“Heartfelt condolences to the King’s family, friends and the nation. May his gracious soul rest in eternal peace #RIPKingZwelithini,” Madonsela tweeted.
Herman Mashaba Tweeted a photograph of the young king when he visited his factory.
President Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted: “Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Isilo Samabandla, His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu.”