A moving prayer service opened the official state memorial of the late Zulu regent, Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, at the KwaKhangelamankengane royal palace in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.
The Queen died last week after a short Stay at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. She was 65 years old.
She was laid to rest at a private funeral at dawn on Thursday.
Those in attendance included former President Jacob Zuma, Prime Minister Sihle Zikakalala, and The Traditional Prime Minister of Amazulu, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Massive portraits of the late queen, adorned with white flowers, greeted the mourners at the memorial.
In front of the palace, funeral director Libani “Rasta” Sirenje was present to display his artwork.
Rasta told TimesLIVE that he had traveled from Johannesburg to be part of the historic event.
“I have come to pay my respects to the Queen . Since I always honor the legends with paintings, I found it appropriate to have a king. “
Rasta said he would donate one of the portraits to the royal family as a gift.
” As artists, we differ in how we pay tribute to legends. I got the feeling that this is what makes people realize that art is an important part of life.
“Every time I paint a painting in honor of a fallen hero, I usually give one to family and keep one for me in case there is an exhibition in the future. “