The death of King Mpumelelo Zwelonke Sigcawu rouses memories that must never be forgotten in the history of Africa. The example is memories of King Hintsa ka Khawuta who lived from 1789 to 12 February 1835. He was King of the AmaXHOSA Africans. In July 1959 Dr. Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe, a Pan Africanist for whom the colonialist apartheid regime made a special law called “Sobukwe Clause” to imprison him forever “this side of the grave;”paid tribute to all African Kings of this country.They were the first freedom fighters to lead wars of national resistance against colonialism in South Africa (Azania). Among other things, Dr. Sobukwe said:“Sons and daughters of Africa, we are going down the corridor of time renewing our acquaintance with heroes of Africa’s past; those men and women who nourished the tree of African freedom and independence with their blood, those great sons and daughters of Africa who died in order that we may be free in the land of our birth.We are here to draw inspiration from the heroes of Thababosiu, Isandlwana, Sandile’s Kop and numerous other battles where our forefathers fell before the bullets of the foreign invaders….”Among these leading great African heroes Dr. Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) mentioned King Hintsa, an ancestor of King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu. King Hintsa fought in the 12th war of the Xhosa Africans against colonialism. He fell in that anti-colonial war. His head/skull was taken to Britain. It has never been returned by Britain to this country for him to be given a dignified deserving royal burial by the African people here.There has also never been an apology for his death and for King Hintsa’s decapitation and his skull taken to England. Many things have been done demanding the return of the skull of this royal African family. They include among others a song “WHERE IS KING HINTSA composed by Daluxolo Hoho. King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu, a descendant of King Hintsa has played his remarkable role dying at 51 years of age. King Hintsa ruled from 1820 to 1835. Both these Kings have proved remarkably selfless leaders with dedication and indisputable patriotism.On this dark cloud in the African royal family I can only personally conclude my condolences to the amaXhosa royal family and Africans in general with a snap of the royal praises in Xhosa in the language. They are a profound concept unable to translate into English. There they go:Unjonga ntshiyini bathi uqumbileInkunzi abayikhuzu kuhlaba ingekahlabiUzigodlwana zemazi endalaZingalala endleleni yazini kunyembelekile!Aaaah ZWELONKE!
(Dr. Motsoko Pheko is former representative of the victims of apartheid and colonialism at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva; a former Member of Parliament in South Africa for ten years. During the liberation struggle against apartheid and colonialism he was imprisoned by the South African regime, the Rhodesian regime of Ian Smith and by the Portuguese regime in Mozambique. He is presently a researcher, writer and publisher)

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