Thursday, 21 November 2019 21:48

The AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu will be honoured with an official category 1 funeral, the Presidency revealed in a statement.

"The king's funeral will feature ceremonial military elements in accordance with the category 1 status of this occasion," presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko said.

President Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy on Friday, 29 November 2019, when the king will be laid to rest.

“The National Flag will fly at half-mast throughout the country from Monday, 25 November 2019 until the evening of Friday, 29 November 2019,” a statement read.

“Sigcawu became King of amaXhosa in 2006 and led his people until his passing on the 14th of November 2019.

“He was also the first King in South Africa to be crowned in 2015 after the democratic recognition of traditional leadership.

“President Ramaphosa has paid tribute to Kumkani Zwelonke as an outstanding leader who had served his people with selfless dedication.”