Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and nation, announced on Friday morning that 72 year-old King Goodwill Zwelithini had died following his admission to hospital in February to deal with his diabetes. Born on 14 July 1948 at Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal Zwelithini was the eldest son of King Cyprian Bhekuzulu and his second wife, Queen Thomo. Following the death of King Bhekuzulu, Zwelithini was installed as the eighth Monarch of the Zulu nation on 3 December 1971 but only after having earlier gone into hiding outside the kingdom following a plot to have him killed. In July 1992, South Africa’s first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela assured King Zwelithini that his status was assured under a new government and he was later appointed the chair of the Ingonyama Trust established in 1994, which holds all the land that was previously owned or belonged to the erstwhile KwaZulu government.