President Cyril Ramaphosa has conveyed his condolences to the Royal Family and Zulu nation at large at the unexpected passing of Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu.

The Regent’s passing on Thursday follows that of King Goodwill Zwelithini on 12 March 2021.

In a statement issued by the Presidency, it said President Ramaphosa had offered his sincerest condolences to the Royal Family and the Zulu nation: “We extend our thoughts, prayers and hearts once more to the Royal Family who, in the midst of mourning the passing of the beloved King, are now called upon to bid farewell to the Regent in sadly short succession.”

Ramaphosa added: “We stand by the Royal Family and the nation in this hour of compounded grief.”

Meanwhile, South Africans have taken to Twitter to convey their condolences and messages of support for the Zulu Royal Family.