- The death of King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu must be mourned for a year, according to the royal family
- The king's uncle and spokesperson Xhanti Sigcawu called on the Xhosa people to wear traditional regalia until their leader is laid to rest
- Sigcawu passed away in the hospital due to natural causes after falling ill last week
The amaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu must be mourned for an entire year, says his family.
Spokesperson and uncle Xhanti Sigcawu called on the Xhosa people to lament the loss of their leader by wearing traditional regalia every day until Sigcawu is laid to rest later this month:
''We urged all those who belong to the amaXhosa nation to heed this call as a sign of respect to his majesty. We are also appealing to people to robe themselves in their Xhosa traditional gear up until the king has been laid to rest."
Briefly.co.za reported that the king had died after delaying going to the hospital over concerns that the trip down the dirt road connecting the royal home to main roads would cause harm.
The Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital received an entourage of traditionally clad royals, who had gone to fetch the king's spirit and body.
The king will now be returned to Nqadu Great Place in Willowvale, not far from his mother Nozamile's home.
Premier Oscar Mabuyane, deputy minister Zizi Kodwa and Nelson Mandela's grandson Nkosi Mandela had awaited the king's return along with other dignitaries.
King Sigcawu fathered eight children with his four wives, including three sons to continue his legacy, DispatchLIVE reports.
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