AmaXhosa king's coronation celebrations begin

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Nqadu, 15 May 2015 - Watch Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawus coronation ceremony live fro the Eastern Cape. It is the first coronation of an Amaxhosa King in 50 years.

Nqadu, 15 May 2015 - Watch Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawus coronation ceremony live fro the Eastern Cape. It is the first coronation of an Amaxhosa King in 50 years.

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Nqadu, 15 May 2015 - Watch Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawus coronation ceremony live fro the Eastern Cape. It is the first coronation of an Amaxhosa King in 50 years.

Nqadu, 15 May 2015 - Watch Xhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawus coronation ceremony live fro the Eastern Cape. It is the first coronation of an Amaxhosa King in 50 years.

WILLOWVALE, Eastern Cape – Preparations for the coronation of King Zwelonke Sigcawu of amaXhosa nation are under way at the Nqandu royal palace in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape.

President Jacob Zuma will officiate this historic event set to be attended by royalty and dignitaries from around the world.

This is the first coronation of the amaXhosa nation in 50 years.

The chief executive of the Xhosa Royal Council, Zolani Mkiva, said all systems are in place to ensure the ceremony is a success.

“Today is part and parcel of the culmination of the restoration of our dignity as a community, as a kingdom and as people. Without this coronation happening in a liberated and emancipated South Africa, for us, we would have not managed to join the body and the mind.

“We’ve been looking forward to this ceremony and we believe it plays a role in the continuation of the total liberation of our country,” said Mkiva.

Some 10,000 people are set to attend the event due to start at 9am.

Fifteen cows, 30 sheep and 100 chickens will be slaughtered for the festivities.

For interview, watch the video above.