Two more deaths rock the Zulu Royal Family

Celani Sikhakhane

Dark clouds continue to hang over the Zulu Royal family as the dynasty continues to be rocked by more deaths.

They have lost two senior members – Prince Mgeyana Thiza Zulu of KwaDlamahlahla Palace and his sister, Princess Siphiwe Dilange.

Princess Siphiwe, who was married to the Dilange’s in Mtubatuba, North of KwaZulu-Natal, passed away last week after a short illness.

While King Misuzulu Zulu KaZwelithini was preparing to send cattle to be slaughtered at her funeral on Saturday, he got news that his uncle, Prince Mgeyana Thiza, had also passed away.

By all accounts, the prince was a very popular figure in the Royal Family,

Prince Thiza was among senior Princes in the Royal Family who were in the forefront during preparations for the funeral of his brother King Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu.

The Prince was also a uniting force trying to heal the rift between different members of the Royal Family.

After the passing of Queen Regent Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, it was Prince Thiza and Prince Vanana of kwaMinyamanzi who led the delegation that went to Johannesburg to fetch mortal remains and return them to KwaNongoma.

The death of these two follows the passing of Royal Family members, Queen Regent Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, her husband King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu, Prince Lethukuthula who is the eldest son of King Zwelithini and Queen Sibongile of KwaKhethomthandayo Palace,  Queen Noloyiso Nomusa Sandile of AmaRharhabe who is sister to King Zwelithini, Prince Mandla of KwaNgenetsheni, Princess Sibongile of Mbelebeleni and Prince Melizwe Dlamini of Nhlangwini who was a cousin to King Zwelithini.

Princess Thembi Zulu Ndlovu describes these deaths as the will of God which is beyond their control.

“Right now we don’t even know what to do anymore because it seems like God is targeting us as the family,” said Princess Thembi.

Zulu Royal Spokesperson, Prince Thulani Zulu said the family will meet after Prince Thiza’s burial and discuss a traditional cleansing ceremony.

“At the moment we are still in mourning and we have not met to discuss all these deaths that are taking place in the Royal Family,” said Prince Thulani.

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