SA says Ah! Zwelonke to Xhosa king

2015-05-15 15:28
Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu. Picture: Garth Stead

Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu. Picture: Garth Stead

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Thousands of people are attending the coronation of Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu at Nqadu Great Place in the Eastern Cape. Sigcawu is the first Xhosa king to be crowned in 50 years. 

President Jacob Zuma arrived this morning and was expected to deliver the keynote address. 

Several royal houses from around the country and African states were represented at the coronation. Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and his wife, politicians and business leaders also attended the event. Motsepe announced a R15 million fund for Eastern Cape traditional leaders to use for agricultural projects. 

Nqadu was a hive of activity. Women ululated while men raised their hands to salute the king. Guests had to be accommodated in an additional marquee because the main one was filled to capacity. 

Young and old, clad in traditional attire, sang and danced as the king was blessed by priests and monarchs shook his hand. 

Zuma will hand the king his royal rope and certificate of recognition.

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