The National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) is saddened by the passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu after battling with a prolonged illness at the age of 72 years. The NHC would like to send their heartfelt condolences to the Zulu Kingdom and wishes that his legacy continues to live on.
The King was an epitome of traditional leadership and preservation of culture for the fifty-one (51) years of his reign. He revived and preserved Zulu cultural practices to promote moral regeneration and addressing societal social issues of modern society such as gender-based violence and the spread of HIV and AIDS.
The role that King Goodwill Zwelithini played in preserving the cultural traditions of the Zulu nation, profiled South Africa globally as a country that prioritises living heritage. Many cultural practices of AmaZulu are still intact today because of the way their King embraced and honoured many heritage events of the Kingdom.
The National Heritage Council will remain eternally grateful for His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu and the Zulu Monarch for their role in making us proud about our heritage. May his soul rest in peace.