The amaXhosa caretaker King at Nqadu Great Place in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape, Nkosi Dumehleli Mapasa, has passed away after a short illness.

He was appointed as the caretaker king of AmaXhosa shortly after the death of King Zwelonke Sigcau late in 2019.

AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu laid to rest: 

Nkosi Dumehleli Mapasa appointed Acting King of amaXhosa: 

The death of Inkosi Mapasa, who was in his early 80s, has shocked the amaXhosa. Nqadu Great Place spokesperson Prince Xhanti Sigcawu has described him as a brave, calm and intelligent leader.

“On the night of Monday, we lost tata Dumehleli Mapasa, inkosi yamaGcaleka aseThuthurha; who was also the acting King of amaXhosa. It has shocked the nation and the family because it was unexpected death as we were still hoping to see him living with us for many many years to come. But death be it is has decided to take his life.”