It has now been learnt that there had been rumours of the Regent to the Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, having been poisoned when she fell ill just two years prior.
This was revealed by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the traditional prime minister to the Zulu Royal Family, who had done an interview with SABC News, just before the Queen passed away.
Queen Mantfombi died at age 65 on Thursday, 29 April 2021. While details surrounding the actual circumstances of her death remain sketchy, the Zulu Queen is believed to have succumbed to a short illness.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi said Queen Mantfombi then spent some time in her native Swaziland, now known as Eswatini. “When she left she was ill and rumours were that she was poisoned. Other things are too…I’m not going to get into them. Any condition of anyone is she was not a public figure I would say it quite wrong to ask me because any illness of any person is actually the prerogative of that person.
“But I have told you that she has been ill all the time because there were rumours when she went to Milpark Hospital and later to Swatini that she was poisoned, and then I’m not prepared to elaborate on that because that is the position,” says Prince Buthelezi. he said to the public broadcaster.
Queen Mantfombi’s passing comes just a month after that of her husband, head monarch of the Zulu nation, King Goodwill Zwelithini.
She was named the regent until an official successor for King Zwelithini is named to lead the Zulu monarchy. It was believed that Queen Mantfombi would name her eldest son, Misuzulu Zulu as the new ruler.
The Queen was the sister of Eswatini’s King Mswati III and having been of royal blood herself, was considered the senior wife in the Zulu Royal household. Tributes have since been pouring in for the Zulu nation and Royal family, with political parties and President Cyril Ramaphosa having also sent condolences.