The president sends his condolences to the amaMpondo kingdom

President Cyril Ramaphosa sent his condolences to the amaMpondo Kingdom and the family of His Majesty King Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau following the announcement of his death.

The king died on Tuesday evening after falling ill.

“We extend our hand in mourning to the amaMpondo kingdom following the passing of a distinguished leader who made an important contribution to the unification of the royal family and the amaMpondo community, which are important elements of our great nation.

“While Kumkani Zanozuko was a proud and respected keeper of centuries-old customs and traditions, he was also passionate about the socio-economic development of the Kingdom and the greater Eastern Cape Province for centuries to come,” President Ramaphosa said. .

The King was the first to be officially recognized in this capacity during President Ramaphosa’s tenure in 2018 and engaged with the President on several issues related to the development of the people he served.

“He was a strong proponent of integrated development as facilitated by the district development model in the OR Tambo District Municipality and he reached out to other kings in the province in his enthusiasm for the Initiative development of the east coast.

“The outcomes of the recent Communal Land Administration and Tenure Summit enable us to honor and realize Kumkani Zanozuko’s vision for the amaMpondo nation and for our country at large. May his soul rest in peace,” said President Ramaphosa.

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, also expressed sadness over the passing of His Majesty King Zanozuko.

“On behalf of the ministry and the sector, she conveys her sincere condolences to the Queen Mother, Victoria Zuziwe Nobandla, the Royal Family and the Kingdom of Mpondo as a whole,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The most important attribute we will all remember of Her Majesty was her approach of selflessly serving her people and putting them first,” the minister said.

She said Her Majesty was passionate about the economic and social upliftment of the Pondo people.

“He has been intimately involved in leading the development of the east coast between Margate and Port St Johns, which was launched by President Ramaphosa in November last year, of which the multi-billion rand Magwa Tea Estate is a catalyst project .”

He was also involved in the revival and uplift of Pondo culture and traditions, in which he also hosted the cultural and sports program known as “Kings Cup”, in the Lusikisiki and Flagstaff areas.

He will also be remembered for his stance against gender-based violence and the pursuit of gender equality. “Ours is to emulate the passion he exuded when dealing with issues affecting his people and their needs…may his soul rest in eternal peace…Ah Zanozuko!!!” said the minister.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)