Tuesday, 14 June 2022 19:31

Ramaphosa declares special official funeral for King Zanozuko Sigcau.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has designated the funeral of King Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau, of the Royal House of the amaMpondo Kingdom, as a Special Official Funeral Category 1.

King Zanozuko Sigcau died last month following a period of illness.

The funeral will take place on 21 June.

"President Ramaphosa has instructed that the National Flag fly at half-mast at every flag station in the country from the morning of Wednesday, 15 June 2022, to the evening of the burial. Regulations require that no other flags be displayed when the National Flag is flown at half-mast." the presidency said.

Kumkani Sigcau was the first king to be recognised in this capacity during Ramaphosa’s term and the two engaged on numerous occasions about the service delivery and local development initiatives residing under the district development model.

Tributes for Kumkani Sigcau have poured in from across government, parliament and Ramaphosa himself who hailed the King as "passionate about the socio-economic development of the Kingdom and the greater Eastern Cape province" who was also a "respected custodian of customs and traditions".

Earlier this month, the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) also expressed sadness at the King’s passing.

"The committee sends its heartfelt condolences to the Sigcau family, AmaMpondo kingdom, friends of the King and to all the traditional leaders who worked with the King. The loss of a traditional leader is always a deep wound to the nation under its leadership.

"The committee appreciates the role played by traditional leaders in promoting social cohesion and democratic values and the empowerment of the people under their leadership. King Sigcau is one of several kings in the Eastern Cape who encouraged the people in his kingdom and in the entire province to vote in the last local government elections.

"The committee is behind the royal family during this very difficult time of its loss of the King, "the committee said