Statement by the Hon. Mr VF Hlabisa MPL
President of the IFP and Leader of the Official Opposition
The IFP grieves with the Zulu Nation as we mourn the tragic and unexpected loss of the Regent, Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu. This comes as a terrible blow so soon after the passing of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. We are devastated by this second painful loss.
On behalf of the IFP, I extend to the Royal Family our deepest condolences. His Majesty’s widows, the Queens, will be in our prayers, as will the Queen Mother and all members of the Royal Family. We pray that they will be strengthened in spirit and comforted by the Lord.
The IFP expresses its condolences and profound gratitude to the traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and Nation, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, for carrying the heavy burden of informing the nation and supporting the Royal Family. We recognise that this is his loss as well, not only as family, but as someone who provided assistance to Her Majesty the Regent in a very difficult time.
We are grateful for his assurances that there will be no leadership vacuum in the Zulu Nation. While our hearts are broken, we are without fear for the future. We pray for the Zulu Nation, believing that God’s will remains unassailable.
May the Regent of the Zulu Nation rest in peace.
The Hon. Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
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