Eastern Cape Provincial government hosts Memorial for AmaXhosa King

As the nation mourns the death of AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu, hundreds gathered for the memorial service held in remembrance of his legacy at East London Abbotsford Christian Centre

The event was organised by the Provincial government of Eastern Cape and was attended by former speaker of the national assembly, Baleka Mbete and members of Eastern Cape Provincial Executive such as Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, Cogta MEC Xolile Nqatha, Education MEC Fundile Gade, Rural Development and Agrarian Reforms MEC Nomakhosazana Meth and other government officials.

The late King's daughter Unathi Sigcawu paid tribute to her father on behalf of King Zwelonke's children. She said she could not imagine her life without her father. "Death is something we always know it's going to happen but no one prepares you for it," said Unathi. She expressed gratitude for example that her father set. "You always put other people first, and you treated all people with equal respect," Unathi added.

The Royal Family speaker Chief Zweliyadinga Makinana articulated the work that the late King Zwelonke Sigcawu has done within the family and Xhosa nation. Speaking on behalf of the Royal Family, Makinana said: "The late king was a humble person and the king was involved in has a number of youth projects, Zwelonke youth project, agricultural projects and environmental affairs and fisheries. They will carry his legacy as the family. The late King managed to unite Amarharhabe and Xhosa as one Xhosa nation because he always knew a divided nation can never be one."

King Zwelonke took over after the death of his father's Xolilizwe Sigcawu who was the 11th King of the Xhosa nation. He was the first king to be coronated in a democratic South Africa and he will be the first King be honoured with the Special official Funeral.

President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that the late king will be honoured with Special Official Funeral Category one with military honours in line with the government State Official and Provincial Funeral Policy. The President said that the national flag should fly at half-mast in every station in the country until the king is laid to rest. Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy for the funeral.

Zwelonke Sigcawu will be laid to rest this Friday at Nqadu Great Place near Willowvale.

AHHH! Zwelonke!!...AHHH Zwelonke!!..AHH Zwelonke!!!