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King Mampuru of Bapedi commemorated

31 January 2019

The annual King Mampuru commemoration kicked off at Mamone Village, Jane Furse on 26 January 2019 to honour the Bapedi hero King Mampuru who was hanged by the colonial government in November 1883 at Pretoria Central prison currently known as Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Services.

Photo: INkosi eNkulu Jongilanga Sigcau, Princess Stella Sigcau II, Prince Zukisani Ndamase and Nkosana Moshe Tsita


Gracing the occasion were dignitaries from various walks of life including the former President Jacob Zuma, Minister of Correctional Services Masutha, Deputy Minister of COGTA Obed Bapela, Chair of the Eastern Cape Provincial House of Traditional Leaders Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana, Chairperson of the Alfred Nzo Local House of Traditional Leaders Nkosi Jongilanga Sigcau , Chairperson of  Contralesa in Mpumalanga Kgosi Mokoena, Bishop Lekganyane of ZCC. Various Kingdoms were represented including the Ndebele of South Africa and Zimbabwe, Xhosa, Mpondo, Mpondomise, Hlubi Kingdoms, Shangaan Chieftainships amongst others.

The importance of a strategic and progressive partnership and dialogue between Traditional Leaders and government was emphasized by various speakers including former President Zuma and various traditional leaders who delivered the messages of support including Nkosi Nkomo Mahumane, Nkosi Jongilanga Sigcau, Nkosi Mokoena and Nkosi Sililo Mahlangu.

Photo: Kgosikgolo Mampuru III of the Pedi Kingdom (Mamone Ga Sekwati)

The message of President Cyril Ramaphosa was delivered by the Deputy Minister of COGTA Obed Bapela. South African diplomat, cultural activist and Diplomatic Society cultural reporter Princess Stella Sigcau II of the Mpondo Kingdom was awarded with the King Mampuru medal of appreciation for her vast contribution on culture and heritage. She is the co founder with her brother Nkosi Jongilanga Sigcau of the Mpondo Culture and Heritage Festival. She is also the founder of the Mpondo Reed Dance and Lwandlolubomvu rural development initiative. 2019 marks 15 years of relations created between the Mpondo and Bapedi Kingdom on cultural development and exchange as well advocacy of unity in a diversity of cultures.

Guests at Mamone were entertained by Bapedi, Shangaan, Mpondo, Ndebele, Mpondomise traditional dancers as well as various South African artists.

By Princess Stella Sigcau




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