Chief Mahlathini Heir Apparent Dies Of COVID-19
24 July 2021The heir apparent to Chief Mahlathini chieftaincy in Tsholotsho, Jabulani Jiyane has succumbed to COVID-19. Jiyane, whose age could not be ascertained, passed away at Tsholotsho Hospital on Friday, 23 July 2021. He was acting chief following the death of his father in 2018. Jiyane's passing away was confirmed by acting Tsholotsho district development coordinator Aaron Gono in a short statement. He said:
On a very sad note, may I confirm the death of Mr Jabulani Jiyane (apparent heir to the Mahlathini Chieftainship). He passed away on 23 July 2021 in the early hours, at Tsholotsho Hospital. He was diabetic and at the time of his death, he was battling with COVID-19.Chief Magama, also from Tsholotsho confirmed the death and said Jiyane’s demise. He said the whole community had been saddened by Jiyane's death as he was expected to be sworn in after being nominated by the family without any opposition. His death comes a few days after the death of another traditional leader, and long-serving Chiredzi paramount chief, Chief Tshovani who also succumbed to COVID-19. Chief Mahlathini’s area borders with Chief Gampu on the southern side and Chief Deli of Nyamandlovu, in the neighbouring Umguza district on the north-eastern side.