The royal family in South Africa has verified that Queen Noloyiso Sandile has died of Covid-19 having been on the hospital bed for some time. She was a sister to the current Zulu king, King Goodwill Zwelithini, and had acted as regent of the amaRharhabe royal house. Queen Noloyiso had been married to the amaRharhabe king, Maxhoba Sandile, for more than twenty years, until he died in 2011. Later, she was appointed a regent, since her son, Prince Jonguxolo Sandile, was too young to become a monarch. The 56-year-old was admitted to a hospital for problems linked with COVID-19, SABC, a state broadcaster in South Africa reported.
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa identified her as “a bastion of her people’s traditional principles and a pioneer of motivation.”
The Queen played a significant role in the growth of her Kingdom in the Eastern Cape. South Africa has seven monarchs of various ethnic-clans who are officially recognized.
The Celebrated South African Queen Noloyiso Dies
Furthermore, Mr. Ramaphosa has stated that under their capable leadership, the AmaRharhabe powerfully captured the thistle of transformation. They also easily adjusted to the requirements of modern social order.
“Under her able leadership, the amaRharhabe firmly grasped the nettle of change. They adapted to the demands of the modern society. This they did, while holding proudly to their history, traditions, and identity,” commended the president of South Africa.
He also applauded her as a champion of women in rural areas who defied sexism in her society. He said that when they encountered a dire threat to public health in the context of Coronavirus, Queen Noloyiso successfully rallied support for the national campaign to counter the epidemic, especially appealing to societies to suspend traditional initiation rituals.
“When we face a grave public health emergency in the form of Coronavirus, Queen Noloyiso actively mobilized support for the national effort to combat the pandemic, including calling on communities to halt traditional initiations,” the South African president added.
The joint stand of the seven kingdoms in this respect was a vital move to save lives. More so, they feel indebted to the Queen for the significant role she played.
“The united stand taken by the seven kingdoms in this regard was a critical intervention to save lives. We owe a debt to the Queen for the role she played,” commented the seven kingdoms.