The late Queen of AmaRharhabe Queen Noloyiso Sandile will be laid to rest at Mngqesha Location, outside King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, on Sunday. She has been accorded an official Special Funeral Category One.

She died of COVID-19 related complications at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane on Wednesday afternoon.

Family Spokesperson Prince Zolile Burns-Ncamashe on Friday said they are happy that the Queen will be given a special funeral.

“As a family and a nation, we are humbled by such an honour bestowed upon her Majesty by His Excellency, the President, the Head of State. And indeed, we obviously conduct the service consistent with the regulatory companion that is currently in place within the context of the lockdown.”

In the video below, the SABC News reports on the death of Queen Noloyiso Sandile:

Queen Noloyiso took over the reins as regent in 2011, following the passing of her husband King Maxhoba Sandile.

During her tenure as a leader of AmaRharhabe, Queen Noloyiso was instrumental in community development initiatives. Her passing has been described as a loss not only to the AmaRharhabe Royal House, but to the entire nation as well.

President to deliver a eulogy

President Cyril Ramaposa is expected to deliver the eulogy of the Queen. The President on Wednesday paid tribute to the late Queen, describing her as a bastion of traditional values and an inspiring leader of her people.

“We join the Great Place of Mngqesha and amaRharhabe in mourning her passing. At the same time, we pay tribute to her for her deep and unwavering commitment to the upliftment of her people and to her country. May her soul rest in peace,” the President said.

In the video below, the family of Queen Noloyiso Sandile says she’ll be laid to rest on Sunday: