King Justice Mpondombini Sigcau of the amaMpondo passed away at Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha after suffering a stroke. He had served as the amaMpondo king from December 1978. President Zuma stated: “This is indeed a great loss to South Africa. The king was a great and admired leader, who worked tirelessly for his people, building traditional institutions and preserving the Mpondo heritage.”
Sigcau was known for taking a stand against the mining of the Wild Coast, saying that it would destroy endangered species for the short-term commercial profit of greedy foreigners. He is survived by his wife, Queen Lombekiso Masobhuza Sigcau and two daughters, Princess Wezizwe and Princess Bekiwe, and grandson, Prince Juba Zulu. Let’s hope his successor is equally protective of the Wild Coast.