The deceased AmaXhosa King, Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu has been remembered as a development-orientated leader who had the interests of his people at heart.

The Eastern Cape provincial government held a special official memorial service in East London on Wednesday.

The King died two weeks ago at a Mthatha Hospital after a two-year illness. He was 51.

The King has been described as a person who touched many lives.

Sigcawu was remembered as a man who cared for his people.

Premier Lubabalo Mabuyane has vowed to keep his legacy alive.

“His legacy will be continued in the context of development, it is what he lived for. We will continue pursuing his vision, his ideas. We know a number of issues that he has been raising. I know with me he raised the issue of recreational facilities, stadiums in Gatyane.”

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Sigcawu’s sister, Nosibulele Salakuphathwa-Sigcawu says they are still shattered by his departure.

“This is very sudden for us. We have been coping because of the support from our friends and family. The mood is not nice at all. It’s not nice to lose a person. l will miss his jokes, his personality.”

Traditional Affairs MEC, Xolile Nqatha says the preparations for the funeral are going well.

“It’s all systems go. As the provincial team appointed by the premier, we are working together with the team from the Presidency. We are about to complete the setting up of infrastructure, the tents, everything today (Wednesday) and the place where the King will be laid to rest has been prepared.”

King Sigcawu will be buried at the Nqadu Great Place on Friday. He has been accorded a Category One official state funeral with full military honours. Author- Abongile Jantjies