President Zuma sends condolences to Mpondo royal family

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has expressed his deepest condolences to the Mpondo royal family and the Mpondo people on the death of His Majesty, King Justice Mpondombini Sigcau.

The king passed away at Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha after suffering a stroke. He served amaMpondo since December 1978.

Zuma said: “This is indeed a great loss to South Africa. The king was a great and admired leader, who worked tirelessly for his people, building traditional institutions and preserving the Mpondo heritage.”

Sigcau was known for taking a stand against the mining of the Wild Coast, saying that it would destroy endangered species for the short-term commercial profit of greedy foreigners.

He is survived by his wife, Queen Lombekiso Masobhuza Sigcau and two daughters, Princess Wezizwe and Princess Bekiwe, and grandson, Prince Juba Zulu. -

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