The civil rights organisation AfriForum learned with great sadness of the passing of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. AfriForum expresses our deepest sympathy with the Zulu royal family, as well as the Zulu nation. We hold the royal family in our prayers during this time of mourning.
Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, and the organisation will especially remember King Zwelithini as a bridge builder that established good relationships between cultural communities. An example of this, according to Kriel, is the way in which King Zwelithini extended a hand of friendship to AfriForum and Afrikaners in general. He loved mentioning the good relationship between his great-grandfather King Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo and the Afrikaners and that he wanted to renew this good relationship. “It was a privilege for AfriForum to come into close contact with King Zwelithini the last few years and it was an honour to know a man and leader of his stature. His death is a great loss to the building of cultural relationships between Afrikaners and Zulus. We are going to miss King Zwelithini.”
“King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu was a true leader and father to the Zulu nation. He was an exemplar of integrity and a devoted Christian. He acted in the interest of his cultural community and communities in general without hesitation, his actions spoke of mutual recognition and respect. He was a staunch protector of cultural identity, customs and tradition. The story of King Zwelithini will be told to the future generations in Africa. He honoured the legacy of his ancestors, we honour his memory,” says Barend Uys, Head of Intercultural Cooperation at AfriForum.