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House Of Sheba - AKF-FOS News

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UNDESA CSO NGOMG 'African Kingdoms Federation - Federation Of The South Arab-African Council for Integration & Development NewsDesk

KING ZWELONKE SIGCAU. The first Coronation of a King of the Xhosa nation in 50 years !

H.R.M KING ZWELONKE SIGCAU

 

The South African government set up the Nhlapo Commission some few years ago, to investigate the authenticity of traditional leadership and to correct the wrongs of the past.With the advent of democracy in 1994 it had become clear that there were a number of traditional leaders who felt that their claims to be recognised as Leaders should be regularised. Accordingly the Commission was tasked to investigate fully these claims.

 

As a result of the Commission King Sigcau was confirmed as the overall King of the Xhosa Nation, a nation previously divided in loyalty between the AmaRharhabe and the AmaGcaleka clans. Prior to the commencement of the ceremony the King was sworn by the Judge President of the Eastern Cape, Themba Sangoni and he was invited to take his seat at the podium and to officially ascend the Throne. When the King made his way to the large marquee at the Nqadu Great Place, an imbongi, or praise singer preceded him calling on the ancestors of the King to clear the way for him and to bless the day.

 

Born Mpendulo Calvin Sigcau he took over the Monarchy January 24th 2006 after the death of his Father Mzikayise Xolilizwe Sigcau the previous year. Zwelonke Sigcau is the most senior leader of the Xhosa Royal family, he is the Leader of the Xhosa Royal Council and the overall head of the Tshawe Royal Clan He is the 22nd Xhosa Monarch. He rules over 4 magisterial districts, Willowvale, Dutwya, Butterworth and Centane with the help of 34 Chiefs and 168 headmen/women. 4 of his traditional councils are headed by Chiefs and  4 by headmen/women.

 

During his inauguration he was handed Ngangomntu a ceremonial stick symbolising his power.  Present at thew ceremony were leaders of the Forum of Kings,Sultans,Sheiks and Princes of Africa founded by Sigcau in 2008. Also there was the Institute of Royalty and African Diaspora.  

 

The event was attended by some 10,000 people, high profile guests and representatives from Britain, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Caleroon, Indonesia Botswana , Libya and Zimbabwe as well as South African Kings and Queens and representatives from all houses of traditional Leaders and the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa. South African businessman Patrck Motsepe anounced a 15 million rand fund for the six royal houses of the Eastern cape for use in agrcultural projects in their communities. After a short meeting between the King and President Jacob Zuma, the President made a gift of a cow to the King and this was reciprocated,

 

The Coronation marks the 180th anniversary of the murder of one of the King's most celebrated ancestors King Hintsa, in 1835

Many of the people of the Eastern Cape had never witnessed the Coronation of a King. Barnabas Koli, 95 years of age,witnessed the coronation of both King Xolilizwe in 1965 and his father King Zwelidumile Sigcau in 1933 but he said that this coronation is extraordinary.

 

H.E Sir Edward Coote AKF-SA Crown Ambassador

African Kingdoms Federation

KING ZWELONKE SIGCAU. The first Coronation of a King of the Xhosa nation in 50 years !

H.R.M KING ZWELONKE SIGCAU

 

The South African government set up the Nhlapo Commission some few years ago, to investigate the authenticity of traditional leadership and to correct the wrongs of the past.With the advent of democracy in 1994 it had become clear that there were a number of traditional leaders who felt that their claims to be recognised as Leaders should be regularised. Accordingly the Commission was tasked to investigate fully these claims.

 

As a result of the Commission King Sigcau was confirmed as the overall King of the Xhosa Nation, a nation previously divided in loyalty between the AmaRharhabe and the AmaGcaleka clans. Prior to the commencement of the ceremony the King was sworn by the Judge President of the Eastern Cape, Themba Sangoni and he was invited to take his seat at the podium and to officially ascend the Throne. When the King made his way to the large marquee at the Nqadu Great Place, an imbongi, or praise singer preceded him calling on the ancestors of the King to clear the way for him and to bless the day.

 

Born Mpendulo Calvin Sigcau he took over the Monarchy January 24th 2006 after the death of his Father Mzikayise Xolilizwe Sigcau the previous year. Zwelonke Sigcau is the most senior leader of the Xhosa Royal family, he is the Leader of the Xhosa Royal Council and the overall head of the Tshawe Royal Clan He is the 22nd Xhosa Monarch. He rules over 4 magisterial districts, Willowvale, Dutwya, Butterworth and Centane with the help of 34 Chiefs and 168 headmen/women. 4 of his traditional councils are headed by Chiefs and  4 by headmen/women.

 

During his inauguration he was handed Ngangomntu a ceremonial stick symbolising his power.  Present at thew ceremony were leaders of the Forum of Kings,Sultans,Sheiks and Princes of Africa founded by Sigcau in 2008. Also there was the Institute of Royalty and African Diaspora.  

 

The event was attended by some 10,000 people, high profile guests and representatives from Britain, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Caleroon, Indonesia Botswana , Libya and Zimbabwe as well as South African Kings and Queens and representatives from all houses of traditional Leaders and the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa. South African businessman Patrck Motsepe anounced a 15 million rand fund for the six royal houses of the Eastern cape for use in agrcultural projects in their communities. After a short meeting between the King and President Jacob Zuma, the President made a gift of a cow to the King and this was reciprocated,

 

The Coronation marks the 180th anniversary of the murder of one of the King's most celebrated ancestors King Hintsa, in 1835

Many of the people of the Eastern Cape had never witnessed the Coronation of a King. Barnabas Koli, 95 years of age,witnessed the coronation of both King Xolilizwe in 1965 and his father King Zwelidumile Sigcau in 1933 but he said that this coronation is extraordinary.

 

H.E Sir Edward Coote AKF-SA Crown Ambassador

African Kingdoms Federation

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