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Late Xhosa king memorial held

by Staff reporter
24 Nov 2019 at 18:46hrs | Views
THE Xhosa community in Bulawayo yesterday held a Royal memorial service for the late Xhosa monarch, His Royal Majesty Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu.

The service was held at Brethren-In-Christ Church in the city centre to celebrate the life of the king. The king who was 51 is reported to have died of poor health on 12 November at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha while he was on his way to Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban.

Speaking during the service, Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Affairs, Cde Judith Ncube consoled the Royal family and the community on the sad passing of the Xhosa King.

"It is sad that we have lost a great leader, not only as the Xhosa community but as the nation at large. A country without tradition is cursed; hence King Zwelonke paved the way as he recognised other royal dynasties that are here in Bulawayo. Therefore, that is how a strong home is built. It is now up to us to develop the nation as sons and daughters of Zimbabwe, the region and the global village that we are one and so let us not be divided by small issues. Henceforth, this is the work that our Majesty King Zwelonke left us, let us unite and build the nation," said Cde Ncube.

The Xhosa Royal Council representative from South Africa, who is also a Member of Parliament in the neighbouring country, Dr Zolani Mkiva said the king was not dead but he had joined the ancestors.
"The king Ah! Zwelonke is still with us in terms of the spirit and we will not stop celebrating the life of the king. I want us to celebrate the lifetime of King Zwelonke," he said.

Dr Mkiva said the king was developmental orientated and wanted to bridge the gap between rural and urban schools by ensuring children attained the same standard of education. He said the king's legacy would live on as they would carry forward all his developmental initiatives that he had started among the Xhosa community in Africa at large.

The Xhosa community representative in Zimbabwe, Prince Charles Solengwe said they had lost a visionary leader.
"We have lost a visionary who advocated for development and he was a person who cared for everyone he interacted with but that does not mean his passing on can hinder us from celebrating his life. It is now up to us to continue with his development agenda," said Prince Solengwe.

Born on 4 April 1968 and married with four wives, King Zwelonke went to public schools and also attended the school of traditional leaders. When he came of age he went with community boys for initiation and was given the name Zwelenkosi.
The memorial in Bulawayo was attended by scores of the Xhosa community in the country and several Government officials.

Source - sundaynews