- President Cyril Ramaphosa has granted AmaXhosa King Zwelonke Mpendulo Sigcawu a special funeral to honour the late royal
- Ramaphosa responded to the royal family's request for a state funeral for the Xhosa leader
- The final ceremony for Sigcawu is set to be a massive affair with military ceremonial elements
President Cyril Ramaphosa has granted the royal family's request for a state funeral to honour their late king.
Briefly.co.za reported that King Zwelonke Sigcawu had passed away a week ago due to natural causes following a short battle with an unknown illness.
In a statement released by the presidency, Ramaphosa approved a special 'Category 1' funeral:
“The king’s funeral will feature military ceremonial elements in accordance with the Category 1 status of this occasion."
The president is expected to deliver a eulogy next Friday when the king will finally be laid to rest. Additionally, Ramaphosa has ordered the National Flag to fly low with respect for the royal's passing
“The National Flag will fly at half-mast throughout the country from Monday, November 25, 2019 until the evening of Friday, November 29, 2019."
Ramaphosa paid tribute to the Xhosa leader, who ascended to the crown in 2006, lauding him as an outstanding leader who had selflessly served his people with dedication.
The Xhosa royal family urged it's subjects to postpone weddings and traditional initiations for a year to allow for an appropriate mourning period.
Xhosa citizens were also urged to pay tribute to the late king by wearing traditional garments until Sigcawu's funeral.
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