Who Is Ntandoyesizwe Zulu, King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Daughter With Queen Mantfombi Dlamini?

Kings and queens have always ruled the hills and plains of Africa from time immemorial. For the present Zulu Nation, the monarchy has continued to hold sway in the cultural and social-economic landscape of the warrior nation. One of the players in the grand scheme of things is Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu, whose bloodline is of both the Zulu Nation and the Eswatini Kingdom. Though from royalty, her life experiences speak of a woman that is ordinary in an extraordinary way. Its noble simplicity speaks of a voice that isn’t drowned out by the circumstances of her birth but is rather amplified by it.

Profile Summary of Ntandoyesizwe Zulu

  • Full name: Ntandoyesizwe Zulu
  • Year of birth: 1976
  • Age: 45 years old
  • Education: St. John’s Diocesan School for Girls, Pietermaritzburg
  • Occupation: Businesswoman
  • Relationship: Married
  • Spouse: Moses Tembe

Ntandoyesizwe Zulu is one of 8 Children Born to King Goodwill Zwelithini and Queen Mantfombi Dlamini

Who Is Ntandoyesizwe Zulu, King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Daughter With Queen Mantfombi Dlamini?
King Goodwill Zwelithini and Queen Mantfombi Dlamini

Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu is the daughter of King Goodwill Zwelithini, the eighth monarch of the Zulu Nation, and his third wife, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini. Born in 1976, she is the eldest daughter amongst the three daughters of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini. In addition to her three sisters, she also has five brothers. Princess Ntandoyesizwe attended St. John’s Diocesan School for Girls, Pietermaritzburg. The once beauty queen and model is now married to her second husband, Moses Tembe, and together they run their business empire.

As mentioned earlier, King Goodwill Zwelithini was the eighth monarch of the Zulu Nation. He ascended the throne in 1968, and between then and March 2021 (when he died), he had taken six wives. Queen Mantfombi Dlamini was his third wife. She was the daughter of Sobhuza II of Swaziland and the sister of King Mswati III. She became the Great Wife (senior wife, who runs the household’s affairs), even though she was the third wife. It is believed that this was a condition that was negotiated before her marriage to King Goodwill Zwelithini. King Goodwill Zwelithini had six wives and 28 children.

Ntandoyesizwe Zulu Has Seven Siblings – Meet Them

1. King Misuzulu Zulu

  • Full name: Misuzulu Sinqobile kaZwelithini
  • Date of birth: 23 September 1974
  • Age: 47 years old
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Spouse: Ntokozo Mayisela
  • Children: 3 (Misuzulu, Sinqobile, kaZwelithini)

Misuzulu Zulu was born on 23 September 1974. Prince Misuzulu grew up and had his early schooling in Eswatini, his mother’s country, before coming over to South Africa, where he continued his education at St. Charles College, Pietermaritzburg. He furthered studied International Studies in Jacksonville, Florida. He is the reigning king of the Zulu nation after his father’s death on 12 March 2021.

2. Princess Nomkhosi Zulu

Princess Nomkhosi Zulu

  • Full name: Princess Nomkhosi Zulu
  • Year of birth: 1980
  • Age: 41 years old
  • Education: Wykeham Collegiate and Pretoria Technikon
  • Relationship: Married (2004)
  • Spouse: Sipho Nyawo

Princess Nomkhosi Zulu is the 3rd child of her mother, late Queen Manfombi Zulu, who she had for the late King Goodwill Zwelithini Ka-Bhekuzulu. She matriculated at Wykeham Collegiate and proceeded to study business management at Pretoria Technikon. Today, she is a passionate marketer who has worked in industries like security, property development, and automobiles. She also runs the Magogo Foundation, a non-governmental organization that assists young girls and women to better their lives by empowering them.

3. Prince Bambindlovu Makhosezwe Zulu

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  • Full name: Prince Bambindlovu Makhosezwe Zulu
  • Year of birth: 1981
  • Age: 40 years old
  • Relationship: Unknown
  • Spouse: Unknown

Prince Bambindlovu Makhosezwe Zulu was born in 1981, and he had his education at the St. Charles College, Pietermaritzburg. He has gone on to pursue a career as a farmer, interior designer, and artist.

4. Prince Lungelo Zulu

  • Full name: Prince Lungelo Zulu
  • Year of birth: 1984
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Relationship: Unknown
  • Spouse: Unknown

Prince Lungelo Zulu was born in 1984. He is noted to have studied at Michaelhouse boarding school, a full boarding senior school for boys located in KwaZulu-Natal. Not much is known about him and what he is up to these days.

5. Princess Bukhosibemvelo Zulu

Princess Bukhosibemvelo Zulu and Sipho Nyawo
Princess Bukhosibemvelo Zulu and Sipho Nyawo

  • Full name: Bukhosibemvelo Zulu Nyawo
  • Year of birth: 1985
  • Age: 36  years old
  • Relationship: Married (2009)
  • Spouse: Sipho Nyawo

Born in 1985, Princess Bukhosibemvelo Zulu is the second girl born by her mother in the Zulu royal family and is married to Sipho Nyawo. She is a beauty technologist, which is also known as somatology. Her wedding to Ngwavuma-born businessman Sipho Nyawo, who was 49 at the time, while Princess Bukhosibemvelo Zibuyile Zulu was 24, attracted a gathering of high-class people in South Africa, including Jacob Zuma and dignitaries from Congo, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

6. Prince Mandlesizwe Zulu

Prince Mandlesizwe Zulu
Prince Mandlesizwe Zulu

  • Full name: Prince Mandlesizwe Zulu
  • Year of birth: 1990
  • Age: 31 years old
  • Relationship: Unknown
  • Spouse: Unknown

In the Zulu royal household, Prince Mandlesizwe Zulu is the fourth son of late King Goodwill Zwelithini and Queen Mantfombi Dlamini. He was born in 1990 and is currently about 31 years. Not much is known about him and what he is currently up to.

7. Prince Simangaye Zulu

  • Full name: Simangaye Zulu
  • Date of birth: 1991
  • Age: 30 years old
  • Relationship: Unknown
  • Spouse: Unknown

Prince Simangaye Zulu is the youngest and last child of late King Goodwill Zwelithini and Queen Mantfombi Dlamini. He was born in 1990, and like some of his siblings, not much is known about him as he keeps a low profile. Asides from her seven siblings, Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu has other siblings from her father’s other wives. They include the following:

Ntandoyesizwe Zulu Has Five Siblings from Sibongile Winifred Dlamini (m. 1969), the First Wife

  • Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, born in 1970.
  • Princess Nombuso Zulu, born in 1973.
  • Ntombizosuthu Ka Zwelithini Duma, born in 1979.
  • Princess Ntandoyenkosi Ka Zwelithini Ngcaweni, born in 1982.
  • Princess Sinethemba Bati Zulu, born in 1989.

She Has Seven Siblings from Buthle MaMathe (m. 1974), the 2nd Wife

  • Princess Sibusile Zulu, born in 1972, died in 2020.
  • Princess Nandi Zulu was born in 1977.
  • Prince Phumuzuzulu
  • Prince Shlobosenkosi Zulu, born in 1988.
  • Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu
  • Prince Buzabazi
  • Prince Butho Zulu (died in 2018).

The Princess Has Two Siblings from Thandekile “Thandi” Jane Ndlovu (m.1988), the Fourth Wife

  • Prince Sihlangu Zulu
  • Princess Mukelile Zulu

Ntandoyesizwe Has Three Siblings from Nompumelelo Mchiza, the Fifth Wife

  • Princess Nqobangothando Zulu
  • Prince Nhlangano Zulu
  • Princess Cebo Zulu

Ntandoyesizwe Zulu’s Sibling from Zola Zelusiwe Mafu (m. 2014) Sixth Wife

  • Prince Nhlendlayenkosi Zulu, born 2005.

Ntandoyesizwe Zulu’s First Marriage Ended in Divorce

Oupa Moilwa and Ntandoyesizwe Zulu
Oupa Moilwa and Ntandoyesizwe Zulu

Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu got married to the late Kgosi Oupa Moilwa of the Bahurutshe Kingdom. The two had met at a party in Beaufort West in the Western Cape. Their traditional ceremony was on 13 April 2002 while the civil ceremony was on 11 July 2004. The couple, however, became estranged in 2007, with Ntandoyesizwe moving back to her mother’s place. There were unconfirmed rumors at that time that cast doubt on Kgosi Oupa Moilwa’s ties to royalty. The two were later divorced. Kgosi Oupa Moilwa died of cancer at the age of 44.

Her Second Marriage was to Moses Tembe

Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu’s second marriage was to the multi-millionaire businessman Moses Tembe. Moses Tembe’s first wife, Lulu Tembe, had passed away in 2014, leaving behind three children. A while after, Moses and Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu were married, and both created a blended family with their five children: Zamatonga, Mbali, Nosipho, Nellie Tembe, and Vukile Tembe. Moses and Princess Ntandoyesizwe run several businesses in retail, engineering, tourism, manufacturing, shipping, marine, and property.

Ntandoyesizwe Zulu
Moses Tember and Ntandoyesizwe Zulu

However, the family suffered tragedy in April 2021 when Anele (Nelli) Tembe passed away from a suspected suicide. Nelli was engaged to the South African rapper AKA (Kiernan Jarryd Forbes) before her death. Her father strongly suspects that alcohol and drugs might have played a role in his daughter’s death.

Ntandoyesizwe Zulu’s Stance on the Zulu’s Royal Tussle

After King Goodwill Zwelithini’s demise on 12 March 2021, his queen Mantfombi Dlamini (Great wife; her lobola was paid by the Zulu Nation) became the queen regent. She was to oversee the subsequent succession to the throne after the mourning period of three months. However, she died just a month after her husband on 29 April 2021. Had she lived, she would have undoubtedly appointed her son King Misuzulu Zulu as the new king. Since it was a constitutional monarchy and Queen Mantfombi Dlamini had been the only wife with royal blood (a princess of Eswatini Kingdom), King Misuzulu Zulu appointment as the new king should be undisputed.

However, some members of the royal family were against his ascension to the throne and had taken the matter to court, citing irregularities in the will of the late king. Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu maintained her support for her brother, the new king, and in a speech read on behalf of the king, she called for unity and peace amongst the royal family.

The Zulu Kingdom, with its 12 million-strong people, has stood the test of time. From the invasion by the west to apartheid and the present democratic dispensation, it has stood as a custodian of one of Africa’s rich cultures. Like every other human institution, its members and structures will continue to evolve to align with the ever-changing nature of things. With individuals like Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu, ordinary yet resilient, the future of this rich and vibrant culture can only get better.

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