Monument will honour King Misuzulu’s mother 

By Celani Sikhakhane

King Misuzulu’s late mother, Queen Mantfombi Shiyiwe kaSobhuza Zulu, is set to get a monument in her honour. 

Her royal palace of KwaKhangela Amankengane was invited to unveil a monument dedicated to her.

“The ceremony will take place on the 18th of May at KwaKhangela Amankengane royal palace,” read a statement from the Zulu royal house. 

Queen Mantfombi died in a Johannesburg hospital in May 2021. She was poisoned two months after she took the throne following the death of her husband, King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu.

Queen Mantfombi was often praised by the women in the Kingdom of KwaZulu for her role in creating community outreach programmes that enabled rural women to put food on the table for their families.

She also helped King Zwelithini revive the Reed Dance, which attracts over 30,000 young Zulu women annually to celebrate their purity.

Her status as a mother is central to the ongoing Supreme Court of Appeal battle for the Zulu throne between her biological son, King Misuzulu kaZwelithini, and her adopted son, Prince Simakade kaZwelithini. 

Prince Simakade claims he is the rightful heir to the throne because he was adopted by Queen Mantfombi in the Zulu ritual practice before King Misuzulu was born.

Queen Mantfombi was buried at midnight on 18 May 2021. Scrolla.Africa was able to observe the proceedings at the time. 

Pictured above: The Zulu nation will erect a monument to Queen Mantfombi kaSobhuza. 

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