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DURBAN – The regent of the Zulu nation has praised the subway police and the SAPS, saying they were quick to provide an escort for the royal entourage of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu.
In a letter to police seen by The Mercury, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu said the royal family were humble with the prompt and efficient response of the police in providing resources for escorting His Majesty’s body from Durban to Nongoma.
“The way it was dealt with speaks to the tremendous respect that the king and the Zulu nation felt. It made possible a difficult task with the dignity due to our monarch, ”reads the letter signed on behalf of the queen by the traditional prime minister to the monarch and the nation, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
“At that painful moment, South Africa witnessed a police service that we are proud of.”
The king, who presided over the Zulu nation for nearly half a century and made him the longest reigning king in the 205-year history of the Zulu nation, died on March 12 at the age of 72.
In one emotional episode, Zulu warriors surrounding the hearse sang traditional war songs and hymns of praise. Police cleared traffic from Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital to the KwaKhethomthandayo royal palace.
Subway Police Superintendent Jabulile Matthews said the escort was provided in accordance with security and safety procedures in matters affecting high profile figures.