- AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu had stalled for hours before eventually making his way to the hospital via ambulance
- His wife, Queen Simanye, had wanted the royal to be airlifted for fears of jostling injuries he sustained during an unrelated accident
- However, the family had been forced to concede and allow the ambulance to transport the king to the hospital where he later passed away
AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Sigcawu had reportedly waited hours before making his way to the hospital.
Briefly.co.za reported that the 51-year-old leader had passed away on Thursday morning after spending the previous evening in the hospital.
TimesLIVE revealed that Sigcawu had waited almost six hours before conceding that being airlifted would not be possible due to poor weather conditions.
His wife Queen Simanye had wanted him to be airlifted due to rib fractures he had sustained during an earlier car accident.
There is a 2km dirt road connecting the main road to his Nqadu Great Place home and the queen had feared he would be in pain.
The Sunday Times reported that a doctor and two nurses had been sent to assess the king's condition while they waited for transport.
Eventually, the king was moved to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital around 120km away, where he was received by specialists but died less than 12 hours later.
Sigcawu had been ill for some time, severely dehydrated and suffering from kidney failure at the time of his admission.
The family is hopeful that President Cyril Ramaphosa will afford the funeral the highest honours.
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