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King Goodwill Zwelithini: How to watch the memorial service live [video]

Published by Andile Sicetsha

The Zulu nation’s longest-serving King Goodwill Zwelithini will be laid to rest in a private family affair this weekend but on Thursday, South Africans can tune into his memorial service.

Watch live: King Goodwill Zwelithini memorial service

In a statement, government spokesperson Phumla Williams revealed that Zwelithini will be sent off in a Special Official Funeral that will be in line with Covid-19 protocols for Alert Level 1 gatherings.

“These measures are also to assist those who may not be able to physically attend the funeral due to the current COVID-19 lockdown level 1 regulations which stipulate that gatherings for funerals may not exceed [a] hundred (100) people,” Williams noted.

SABC News will lead the live broadcast of the memorial service and those who wish to participate in having their condolences featured in proceedings can make submissions here.

The memorial service is expected to kick off at 10:00 on Thursday 18 March 2021.

NOTE: The live stream link will be added here once it becomes available. If you experience playback issues, just refresh the page.

Political parties at the Royal Palace

In the days following Zwelithini’s passing, high-profile political figures have descended at the royal palace to pay their respects to the family.

On Tuesday, members of the ANC and EFF were pictured as they made their way into the palace, each party looking to place itself in the good graces of the KwaZulu-Natal monarchy.

At this time, no announcements have been made on who — from Zwelithini’s many children — will take over the reins and lead the Zulu nation.