- The late amaXhosa King Zwelonke Mpendulo Sigcawu has been laid to rest
- The funeral drew political figures, royalty and thousands of citizens who gathered to pay respect
- President Cyril Ramaphosa himself delivered a eulogy, praising the leader's grace during his reign
AmaXhosa King Zwelonke Mpendulo Sigcawu has been laid to rest following a service at the Nqadu Royal Palace in the Eastern Cape.
The top-level event drew over ten thousand citizens and countless high-ranking politicians, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, ex-president Thabo Mbeki, EFF leader Julius Malema and many more.
Speaking during his eulogy for Sigcawu, President Cyril Ramaphosa commented on his leadership:
"During his short reign, he made remarkable strides in empowering communities and was a firm advocate for transformation. Through his foundation, he fervently championed community development and moral regeneration. He was vocal about his disdain for flamboyance in the face of poverty."
During his address, Mbeki applauded the king for serving his people selflessly at all times and advocating for truth and fairness.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had approved a Special Category Funeral for the ceremony, a move applauded by many as the Xhosa people mourn their ruler.
Take a look at some of the scenes from the event below:
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