The Zulu royal family has announced that King Goodwill Zwelithini will be buried in a private ceremony on Wednesday with a memorial prayer service taking place on Thursday and that breaking with tradition his body will not lie in state at the royal palace due to Covid-19 restrictions. The family also criticised the City Press and Sunday Times newspapers for obituaries they described as “vulgar lies”. This as City Press editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya wrote that Zwelithini “should be remembered for what his most prominent role was in history: a useful idiot in the hands of the apartheid government, whose willingness to lend his powerful position to the service of that regime cost tens of thousands of lives”.