African culture and language professor gives educational insight into royal burial

African culture and language professor gives educational insight into royal burial

The Zulu monarch passed away on Friday morning at the age of 72 after a long illness and since then, details about the royal burial have been made public.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini greets his supporters at The Moses Mabhida Football Stadium in Durban

Since the news of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's passing the Prime Minister in the royal family, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has confirmed that although President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the King would receive a category one special funeral, the king himself wanted a private burial.

READ: CONFIRMED: King Goodwill Zwelithini passed away due to COVID-19 complications

While the privacy of the King's family, closest companions and confidants should be respected, specifics surrounding the official burial has been made public.

This has brought up a lot of questions among the Breakfast team.

READ: Royal Family: King Zwelithini's body will not lie in state

Wanting to learn more and educate themselves (and hopefully others) they decided to get in contact with Professor Ngubane.

Professor Ngubane is an expert in African Languages and Culture at UKZN and he was more than happy to answer Darren, Keri, and Sky's questions.

READ: WATCH: Family and community gather in Nongoma to pay respect to King Zwelithini

While he was able to provide informative and incredibly insightful answers, we do acknowledge that there is still a lot of the mystery surrounding the procedures and traditions involved in a royal burial, and we don't always have to know everything.

If you are curious to learn more and educate yourself on the topic, do yourself a favour, and listen to the conversation below:

Main image courtesy of AFP

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