- Chief Madzikane Thandisizwe Diko II has passed away at the age of 43 in an Eastern Cape hospital
- The Chief was the husband to suspended presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko
- Although his cause of death has not yet been made public, reports say the Chief was battling a short illness
The husband of suspended presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko has passed away. AmaBhaca Chief Madzikane Thandisizwe Diko II reportedly passed on after battling a short illness in an Eastern Cape hospital.
The KwaBhaca Great Kingdom released a statement confirming the passing of Chief Madzikane but did not reveal details surrounding his death. The Kingdom stated that further details would be announced after his burial arrangements are made.
Reports say that Khusela was in Gauteng at the time. The Chief was just 43 at the time of his death.
News24 reported that the Chief had passed away on the evening of Sunday, 21 February while a report by EWN stated that the Chief's brother, Vulithuba Sangoni, said they were still trying to find out what caused his untimely passing.
Tributes have been pouring in for the late Chief on social media. Briefly.co.za took to Twitter to compile a few of the posts below:
"Deepest condolences to Khusela Diko and the family on her husband passing. May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace. It looks uncertain how the investigation surrounding their involvement in PPE fraud scandal will unfold."
"It is with sadness to learn of the passing of the President's spokesperson's husband, Thandisizwe Diko. I wish you Mme Khusela Diko strength in such a difficult time. My wife and I are praying for you, your children and the rest of your family. May the King's soul rest in peace."
"Death is painful, really appalled at the lack of compassion shown to Khusela Diko. Death is not nice, no wife or child deserves to lose a husband and father."
There have been many Covid-19 related deaths across the globe, but there are others who passed away due to other causes.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on the death of Prince Mandla, brother of King Goodwill Zwelithini passed away at 45. President Cyril Ramaphosa was one of the first to send his condolences to the King, the royal household and the people of KwaZulu-Natal.
The King faced more heartache after his eldest son Prince Lethukuthula Zulu passed away. The prime minister to the King, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, informed the King of his son's passing.
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