Jun 26, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Drama at the funeral of AmaMpondo King Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau

Mourners have been asked to respect the special Category 1 funeral for the late AmaMpondo King Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau after Tuesday’s service nearly descended into chaos when a young man reminded mourners there was a court order .

Prince Mbasa Sigcau stood up and said to Nokuzola Capa, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform and Program Director at the funeral: “You are a dishonest Makhulu. There are many dishonest people at this funeral, including the government.

“The government knows the royal family that made the late king king of AmaMpondo. Today there are people here who choose to negotiate with other people we don’t know.

“There is a reigning king. I apologize. Can we please correct a few things as there is a concern that in all this mess we are seeing there will be a misunderstanding unless we take a different view.

“The royal family has a view and that view must be respected. There is a court order and the Minister of Cogta [Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs] and relevant people are aware of it. Can we please respect the royal family, and I want to make it public: there is a legitimate royal family.”

He said the royalty is still being contested, “and they are the ones who claim to represent it us. Can we please be honest about everything that is happening here?”

Prince Mbasa Sigcau was then ushered out of the crowded marquee while the choir tried to drown out the excitement.

After a short pause, a SANDF chaplain took the podium to call for peace and said, “Any other concerns we may have. It is appropriate that we behave correctly and simply respect this ceremony. We recognize the challenge, but I don’t think any of us would welcome a disrespect for our loved ones at this time.”

The Chaplain said the concerns have been noted and would be cleared out.

On the eve of King Zanozuko’s funeral, the family was locked in a bitter court battle over who should be in charge of the funeral rites.

The AmaFaku royal family and reigning king of The AmaMpondo, Prince Dumelani Sigcau, filed an urgent motion with the High Court in Mthatha on Monday night to prevent the late King’s funeral from taking place without her attendance.

They wanted an order declaring her as the right people and structures to oversee and perform all the usual rituals during the funeral or memorial service of the late king.

President Cyril Ramaphosa stated last week a special Category 1 official funeral for King who died on May 31. Sigcau was sworn in as king in 2018.

Ramaphosa, who attended the funeral, was alongside Minister for Cooperative Leadership and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini -Zuma, Premier Oscar Mabuyane and members of the royal family Stella Sigcau II and Nobandla Sigcau among those interviewed.

The royal family AmaFaku, which describes itself as the repository of the customary rituals of AmaMpondo and the reigning king, tried also to prohibit the Quma Funeral Undertakers in Lusikisiki from releasing the king’s remains for burial and burial purposes to anyone other than the royal family of AmaFaku and the reigning king, who will lead the procession to a place where the burial will take place

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