Princess Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu

The late Senior AmaZulu Princess, Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu.
Photo: Facebook/KZN Government

‘Heart wrenching and devastating’: Tributes pour in for Princess Thembi

Princess Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu’s death follows that of King Goodwill Zwelithini and Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu a year ago.

Princess Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu

The late Senior AmaZulu Princess, Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu.
Photo: Facebook/KZN Government

Tributes are pouring in for the late AmaZulu Senior Princess, Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu. 

Zulu-Ndlovu reportedly passed away at Newcastle Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, 8 April 2022. 


The KwaZulu-Natal Government has conveyed its deepest condolences to the Ndlovu family for their tragic loss.

KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala said they were aware that Princess Thembi had recently been in and out of hospital owing to ill-health.

Zikalala said they were hopeful that Zulu-Ndlovu would in the end emerge from this bout to take her place as the one of the most senior royals of the AmaZulu nation.

“This is heart wrenching and devastating, especially as the Royal Family is preparing for the coronation of the King of the Zulu nation Misuzulu kaZwelithini in the coming few weeks.

“The passing of Princess Thembi is yet another tragedy of monumental proportions to befall the people of KwaZulu-Natal. The nation is still recovering from the double blow of losing His Majesty Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and Regent Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu only last year.” 

Sihle Zikalala

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, Bantu Holomisa also conveyed his condolences.

“May her soul rest in peace. I had always enjoyed chatting to her and late King Zwelithini . The respect accorded to me by both will always be cherished. Uhambe kakuhle Nkosazana usikhulisile sonke.”

Bantu Holomisa

Princess Thembi and her brother Prince Mbonisi Zulu were amongst the ones opposing the kingship of king-elect Misuzulu kaZwelithini. 

They wanted King Goodwill Zwelithini’s first born son, Prince Smakade to be the next AmaZulu King. They later  became known as royal rebels. 

The wheelchair-bound Princess was sickly as she had been in and out of hospital.

During the memorial service of the late King, Zulu-Ndlovu raised eyebrows when she said only God knows who the next King of the AmaZulu nation will be.

She was also famous for holding parallel press briefings concerning the royal matters.

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