By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Senior traditional leader and self-styled king of the AmaBhaca, Nkosi Thandisizwe Madzikan II Diko, 43, husband of controversial suspended presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko, has died in a hospital in East London.
There are few details available on the exact nature of the illness that led to his death on Sunday, which was confirmed to DispatchLIVE by royal family members.
"His death took us by surprise, usizimele usibali. This has left us devastated'" said his brother-in-law, Prince Vuluthuba Sangoni.
Diko was controversially awarded R139 million in PEE tenders which were red-flagged. The Special Investigating Unit is still attempting to recover some of the funds.
The family of Chief Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko on Monday said it was waiting for the results of an autopsy report into the cause of his sudden death.
Diko family spokesperson, Lumko Mtimde, said Diko was admitted to the hospital last week after complaining about abdominal pain.
"At this stage we await the results from the hospital to be able to confirm what may have been the cause of death. I can confirm that he went to hospital after feeling abdominal pain, but we have to await the results from the hospital in order to confirm the cause of death," Mtimde said.
In a statement earlier, the KwaBhaca Great Kingdom said the family would make further announcements surrounding Diko’s passing once they have finalised the funeral arrangements."iSizwe samaBhaca [the amaBhaca nation] and the royal family are still coming to terms with this shocking and painful loss of our beloved father, son and husband,"Mtimde said.
He said the family was shocked and in pain following the chief’s passing.