Xhosa royal family postpones weddings, initiations to mourn king

Xhosa royal family postpones weddings, initiations to mourn king

- The Xhosa royal family has asked those set to undergo initiation rites this summer to postpone for a year

- This also applies to those who plan to marry, as part of a year-long mourning period

- AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu's death is set to be grieved by his people and the family want all to take part

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AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu's death is an event that the royal family wants people to mourn for a year.

DispatchLIVE reports that the royal house had urged those set to undergo initiation this summer, as well as getting married, to suspend their plans until a year has passed.

This has parents up in arms as they have already invested funds in their children going through the traditional rites of passage.

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Some have snubbed the call, adamant that because the kingdom doesn't contribute to the festivities, they don't have the power to dictate whether or not they will proceed.

The upcoming Xhosa carnival, an annual celebration hosted by the late king, has already been cancelled, according to a spokesperson for the family.

Briefly.co.za reported that the king had passed away in hospital from what the family has dubbed 'natural causes' after falling ill during a trip to Cape Town.

An announcement is expected soon as to the funeral arrangements, which the family has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to highlight as a national affair.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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