Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu

AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu Death

King Zwelonke Sigcawu Is Dead

Sigcawu ascended the thrown of AmaXhosa after the death of King Xolilizwe Sigcawu, in 2005. He has been king for near a decade now before his death.

Zwelonke was sworn in as king of the amaXhosa nation in Nqadu Great Place in the Eastern Cape in 2015, the first coronation of an amaXhosa king in 50 years, News24 previously reported.

The event was attended by around 10 000 people, including then President Jacob Zuma, high profile guests and representatives from Britain, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Indonesia, Botswana, Libya and Zimbabwe, as well as all South African kings and queens, representatives from all houses of traditional leaders and Contralesa.

In 2010, he was declared legitimate king of all AmaXhosa by President Jacob Zuma, following a determination by the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims, also known as the Nhlapo Commission, which probed the authenticity of traditional leaders in South Africa.