Thursday, September 21, 2023
Thursday, September 21, 2023

‘He’s royalty’: Is freak weather linked to Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s funeral?

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‘He’s royalty’: Is freak weather linked to Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s funeral?

On the same day Zulu Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi was laid to rest in a high-profile funeral, South Africa experienced a series of freak weather conditions. And according to many South Africans, the two are linked…

The 95-year-old political party leader died earlier this week from unspecified health issues.


On Saturday, 16 September, Mangosuthu Buthelezi was given an elaborate send-off in his hometown of Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal. He was later laid to rest in a family funeral cemetery next to his home in Kwaphindangene.

Later on in the day, parts of South Africa experience a series of extreme weather conditions.

Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms hit parts of KZN – as predicted by weather services -which saw many areas being flooded.

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In the Western Cape, more heavy rainfall, gale-force winds, and large waves hit much of the coastlines, resulting in what many incorrectly deemed a “tsunami.” However, weather services have since claimed the phenomenon is actually known as a spring tide, which typically occurs during this time of year.

Meanwhile, a mysterious fire broke out in the North West at Sun City Resort’s Cabanas. In a statement, the resort confirmed the incident, claiming they were “investigating” the cause of the fire.

According to The Citizen, another devastating fire in Phalaborwa destroyed over a dozen homes. Authorities have yet to assess the extent of the damage.

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It is reported that 20 houses have already been razed to the ground by a runaway veld fire on the outskirts of Phalaborwa. The Mayor and Disaster Management responded around 19h30, whilst communities took charge and still fighting the fires.

— TLEEN NEWS™ (@tleennews) September 16, 2023


Meanwhile, Twitter – or X users – have attributed the cultural significance behind the death and burial of Mangosuthu Buthelezi, known as Shenge to his supporters, to the bizarre weather conditions.

@kekeletso_Ma: “The weather changed drastically. Prince Buthelezi is really ROYALTY #RIPShenge”

@AtlegangMgidi: “The weather changing is so significant. This shows that Shenge was not just an ordinary person. So profound”

@officialsirlu: “SHENGE. The change of weather speaks a thousand words.”

Another tweep claimed that a “heavy fog”  descended in KwaPhindangene when Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s coffin was lowered into the ground. The tweep added that the same weather conditions occurred when King Goodwill Zwelethini’s body arrived in his hometown of KwaKhethomthandayo in KZN.

As Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s coffin was being lowered, a wave of fog and drizzle suddenly covered Nkonjeni area where KwaPhindangene is located. Earlier, the skies were clear. When King Goodwill’s body arrived at KwaKhethomthandayo in March 2021, there was a heavy downpour

— Sihle Mavuso (@ZANewsFlash) September 17, 2023

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