Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has paid tribute to King Goodwill Zwelithini saying he was a great ambassador for the country, a peacemaker and a champion of the poor.
The minister said he was saddened when he heard of the king’s passing.
“His Majesty was a great ambassador for our country, who used the Royal House to facilitate investment in agriculture, education and socio-economic development. He believed in community self-reliance in fighting poverty and supported government service delivery programmes, particularly the protection of the environment,” said Mkhize.
“He was a great champion for the poor and underprivileged, especially promoting development in rural areas,” he said.
“He believed in peace and campaigned successfully to end political violence, even as the royal family suffered its own casualties,” said Mkhize.
The King was also involved in projects related to HIV/Aids. He described him as a selfless leader who dedicated his life to the service of humanity.
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