JOHANNESBURG - Many have described the late AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini as the custodian of peace and unity.
The monarch passed on in the early hours of Friday morning.
The 72-year-old had been in hospital receiving medical care for high glucose levels.
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King Goodwill Zwelithini was born in 1948 in KwaNongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
His parents were the late King Cyprian and the late Queen Thomozile Ndwandwe.
An important figure to the AmaZulu nation, he'd reigned since 1971.
The AmaZulu King will lie in state at his palace in KwaNongoma in KwaZulu-Natal.
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