South Africa's Zulu king is buried amid praise, controversy
Prince Mbonisi Zulu attends the memorial service for his brother Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, in Nongoma, South Africa, Thursday, March 18, 2021. (AP Photo/PhilL Magakoe)JOHANNESBURG – The traditional leader of South Africa’s 12 million Zulu people, King Goodwill Zwelithini, has been laid to rest in a private ceremony early Thursday. Reigning for more than 50 years, Zwelithini was the longest-serving monarch of the Zulu nation, the largest ethnic group of South Africa's 60 million people. Historically, the Zulu nation gave early resistance to British colonialism under the leadership of King Shaka Zulu from 1816 to 1828. Zwelithini was a proponent of traditional Zulu customs and the most influential of South African traditional leaders, who do not hold political office but have considerable influence, especially among South Africa's rural people.