On Friday 6 November 2020 Prince Lethukuthula Zulu (50) was murdered in his apartment at the upmarket Graceland complex in Northwold, Johannesburg. He was the successor to the throne and son of King Goodwill Zwelithini and the king’s first wife, Queen Sibongile Dlamini.

Security guards at the complex reported that a body had been found, but the exact circumstances were unknown to the media until Saturday 21 November when 5 people were arrested and charged with robbery and homicide. Four of the suspects are women and they will appear in the Randburg court on Monday.

Inkosi Mandla Mkhwanazi, head of the Mkhwanazi Tribal Authority in KwaDlangezwa, said Prince Lethukuthula’s sudden death “hurts right now”, but that the Zulu nation “will get through it”.

“We should look at this, as it’s the second loss of a prince in two years. As a Christian, I can only say that everything happens for a reason with God, but we need to look at this carefully and if there’s anything within our power that we can do better, it must be done.

The prince’s death was a clear indication that “no one is safe” – Mkhwanazi said.

“If the prince had had bodyguards, the chances are that he’d be alive today. In this day and age, no one is safe, not even me – I could be killed tomorrow. The question we should be asking ourselves is: How do we go back to the old days when respect for life was paramount? The nation must mourn and come out of this time stronger and wiser.” he said

Security for the Zulu royal household, including for its palaces and the king, is primarily financed by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial treasury through the Royal Household Trust. A palace spokesperson, Prince Thulani Zulu, told City Press that rolling out security specifically for the king’s children would be unrealistic.

Speakers at the funeral service of Prince Lethukuthula Zulu held on 13 November all said one thing – that the prince was a peaceful man, just like his name.

King Goodwill Zwelithini was not in attendance.

“The king won’t come close to where the dead or injured are. This custom dates back several hundred years, to when we lived in the Great Lakes Region, as recorded in oral history,” explained Professor Jabulani Maphalala, a historian and the current commissioner for traditional leadership.

Source: News 24

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