Witbank, 20 March, 2021 / 2:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has eulogized king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, the traditional leader of the Zulu people, as an approachable man “who respected the Catholic Church."
The 72-year-old monarch succumbed to diabetes at the Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban, South Africa.
Having been the longest-serving monarch of the Zulu Kingdom, the government of South Africa directed that the country’s flag be flown at half mast until the evening of the day he will be laid to rest.
In a statement published Tuesday, March 16 by the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), Bishop Thaddeaus Xolelo Kumalo of South Africa’s Witbank Diocese says he “felt quite sad” when he learnt about the King’s demise.
"King Zwelithini was a very warm and humble man, who respected the Catholic Church." Bishop Kumalo has been quoted as saying in the March 15 statement.