Goodwill Zwelithini

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Person.png Goodwill Zwelithini  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Monarch, COVID-19/Premature death?)
Goodwill Zwelithini.jpg
BornKing Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu
27 July 1948
South Africa
Died12 March 2021 (Age 72)
South Africa
Cause of death
NationalitySouth African
Victim ofPremature death
InterestsSouth Africa
RelativesNoloyiso Sandile
Zulu King who reportedly died of COVID-19 in March 2021.

Employment.png King of the Zulu nation

In office
17 September 1968 - 7 July 2021

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu was the reigning King of the Zulu nation, the largest ethnic group in South Africa, from 1968 to his death in March 2021, reportedly of COVID-19.[1][2][3]


Goodwill Zwelithini died at the age of 72, after reportedly being admitted to hospital for diabetes-related illness.[4][5] During preparations for his funeral, the king's traditional prime minister, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, announced that he had died of COVID-19.[6][7] His sister Noloyiso Sandile died eight months earlier, on 8 July 2020, aged 56, of Covid after a "short illness".

King Goodwill and British Army officer James Swift in 2019.

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