Mantfombi Dlamini

Mantfombi Shiyiwe Dlamini Zulu, Princess of eSwatini, Queen Regent of the Zulu (15 February 1953 – 29 April 2021) was the queen consort of the Zulu Nation from 1977 to 2021 as the Great Wife to King Goodwill Zwelithini. She served as the queen regent from March 2021 to April 2021.

Mantfombi Dlamini
Queen regent of the Zulus
Reign24 March 2021 – 29 April 2021
PredecessorKing Goodwill Zwelithini
SuccessorMisuzulu Zulu
Born(1953-02-15)15 February 1953
Swaziland Protectorate
Died29 April 2021 (2021-04-30) (aged 68)
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
FatherSobhuza II
Styles of
Reference styleHer Majesty
Spoken styleYour Majesty
Alternative styleMntfwanenkhosi

Early life and familyEdit

Queen Mantfombi Dlamini was born on 15 February 1953[1] to the House of Dlamini. Her father Sobhuza II, as Ngwenyama of the Swazi Nation, became the King of Swaziland at independence in 1968. Queen Mantfombi's brother,[2] Sobhuza's successor Mswati III, would ultimately change their country's name to Eswatini in 2018.[3]

Her family also forged links with other African dynasties: her brother, Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini, married into the Mandela chieftaincy family of Mvezo in the same year as her betrothal. Through this union, she gained Zenani Mandela-Dlamini as a sister-in-law.[4]

The Queen was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.[5]

Queen consortEdit

After a traditional upbringing in the Swazi royal family, the princess was betrothed to King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu Nation in 1973. At the time of their betrothal, she was a member of the royal family of a sovereign state. Her intended husband was a chief recognised by the South African government as the traditional authority of Zululand. Considering their relative dynastic seniority, the Swazi palace laid a condition for the marriage: the princess was to become the King's Great Wife, a position that would give her male children first place in the line of succession. The Zulu agreed, and the couple married in 1977.[6]

Queen regentEdit

She was appointed as the interim leader of the Zulu Nation under the title of queen regent, on 24 March 2021, after the death of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini on 12 March 2021.[7] This was in accordance with HM King Zwelithini's will, and she was set to temporarily serve in this capacity until the next Zulu King was appointed.[8][9][6][10] Had she survived she would also have appointed the next King; her first son, Misuzulu Zulu was believed to have been her choice.[11][12]


On 27 April 2021, the royal family confirmed that Queen Mantfombi Dlamini had been hospitalized.[13] She died two days later on 29 April 2021. The family did not immediately release the details of the cause of death.[14]

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi described her death as "unexpected".[15] KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala called the news "heart-wrenching" and said the Queen was a bridge between the Zulu and eSwatini nations. He called her leadership role an inspiration for women, which helped to "administer the final burial rites to the backward, patriarchal and chauvinistic tendencies that considered women as inferior beings".[16]

On the following day, Prince Buthelezi confirmed that the Queen died around 20:15 at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. He further announced that the Queen had been suffering from a long-term illness; this was known to the palace but not revealed publicly. After recovering from COVID-19, she was admitted to a hospital in Durban for a previously-scheduled operation to remove gallstones. As she was too weak to undergo surgery, she saw another doctor in Johannesburg, and was later hospitalized.[17]


Queen Dlamini and King Goodwill had eight children as follows:[18][19]

  • King Misuzulu Zulu, born 23 September 1974 in Kwahlabisa, KwaZulu-Natal. He studied at International Studies in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu, born 28 June 1976. She was married on 13 April 2002 at Enyokeni Royal Palace, Nongoma, to the late Kgosi Oupa Moilwa, Chief of the Bahurutse Bagamoilwa. The civil ceremony took place on 11 July 2004, in Pongola.
  • Princess Nomkhosi Zulu
  • Princess Bukhosibemvelo Zulu who married Sipho Nyawo. Her husband paid 120 cows as part of the ilobolo for her.[20]
  • Prince Bambindlovu Makhosezwe Zulu
  • Prince Lungelo Zulu
  • Prince Mandlesizwe Zulu
  • Prince Simangaye Zulu

Rest in Peace Nkhosatane yaseSwatini, Undlunkulu wakwaZulu, Gwalagwala, Msingathi weLanga, Nkhosi.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Sekudu, Bonolo. "Queen regent of the Zulu Nation | All we know about Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu". News24. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  3. ^ "King Renames Swaziland to its 'Ancient', Pre-Colonial Name". 20 April 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Mandela set for diplomatic posting to Argentina". Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  5. ^ Visit to the Royal Palace Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division Retrieved 1 November 2018
  6. ^ a b "King Zwelithini: New Zulu ruler named - who is Mantfombi MaDlamini Zulu?". Blue Sky Publications (Pty) Ltd. 21 March 2021. Retrieved 30 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Zulu Queen Mantfombi Dlamini dies a month after becoming regent". BBC News. 30 April 2021. Retrieved 30 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Queen Mantfombi MaDlamini Zulu to be interim leader of Zulu nation | eNCA". Retrieved 30 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu takes the throne". DailySun. Retrieved 30 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Interim ruler of the Zulu nation announced". 21 March 2021. Retrieved 30 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Queen Mantfombi Dlamini to appoint successor following the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. - SABC News - Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa's news leader". Retrieved 30 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Carter, Logan (21 March 2021). "Mysterious USA Educated Prince Misuzulu To Succeed King Zwelithini". Retrieved 30 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Ndou, Clive. "Regent of Zulu nation Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu is unwell - royal family". Witness. Retrieved 30 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "South Africa's Zulu regent Queen Dlamini Zulu dies at 65". Reuters. 30 April 2021. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu has passed". Retrieved 30 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "South Africa's Zulu regent Queen Dlamini Zulu dies at 65". Reuters. 30 April 2021. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  17. ^ "Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu: 'Regent died of a long-term illness'". The South African. 30 April 2021. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  18. ^ Mueni, Priscillah (13 March 2021). "List of King Zwelithini wives and children (with images)". Briefly. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Just in: Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu dies". The South African. 29 April 2021. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  20. ^ More than 100 cows paid for Zulu princess IOL
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Goodwill Zwelithini
Queen Regent of the Zulu Nation
24 March 2021 – 29 April 2021
Succeeded by
Misuzulu Zulu