Mutungamiri wenyika, VaCyril Ramaphosa, vasvitsa neChitatu mashoko enyaradzo kumhuri yehumambo nenyika yeAmaMpondo mushure mekushaya kwaMambo Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau.
Mambo vakafa neChipiri manheru.
DispatchLIVE yakataura kuti amai vaMambo vakashungurudzika vakati mwanakomana wavo ane makore makumi mana nemanomwe anga ari muchipatara kubva munaKurume. Vakapinzwa muchipatara cheSt Augustine kuDurban ndokushaya vachienda kuWits Donald Gordon Medical Centre muJohannesburg kunorapwa chiropa.
“Pfungwa dzemutungamiri wenyika dziri kuna amai vamambo mushakabvu, Mambokadzi Zuziwe Victoria, hanzvadzi dzaPrincess Nontsasa naZiyanda, vana vashanu nemhuri yehumambo hweMpondo,” chakaverenga chinyorwa chemutungamiri wenyika.
It said Kumkani Tyelovuyo Sigcau was the first king to be recognised in this capacity during the term of Ramaphosa.
The two engaged on numerous occasions on service delivery and local development initiatives residing under the district development model (DDM).
We reach out in mourning to the amaMpondo Kingdom at the passing of a distinguished leader who made an important contribution to uniting the royal family and the amaMpondo community, which are important constituents of our greater nationhood,” said Ramaphosa.
“While Kumkani Zanozuko was a proud and respected custodian of customs and traditions that were centuries old, he was equally passionate about the socioeconomic development of the kingdom and the greater Eastern Cape for centuries into the future.
“He was a fervent proponent of integrated development as facilitated by the DDMin the OR Tambo district municipality and he reached out to other kings in the province in his enthusiasm for the Eastern Seaboard Development Initiative.
“The outcomes of the recent Summit on Communal Land Administration and Tenure serve as a means for us to honour and realise Kumkani Zanozuko’s vision for the amaMpondo nation and for our country more broadly.”
Eastern Cape Cogta MEC Xolile Nqatha also conveyed his condolences to the family, saying he was shocked by the king’s passing.
“I equally feel a personal loss as myself and his majesty became very close over the period, able to talk about anything. He was deeply committed to unite the Mpondo nation and the only fitting tribute we can give to the king is to support all efforts for a unified nation,” Nqatha said.
Funeral details are yet to be announced.