South African president declares special provincial official funeral for late Queen Noloyiso killed by COVID-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has declared a Special Official Funeral Category 1 as a final farewell for the late Regent of the Royal House of the amaRharhabe, Her Majesty Queen Noloyiso Sandile.

Queen Noloyiso, widow of the late King Maxhobha Sandile, passed away on July 8, 2020 following a short illness. The South African press reported that she died of COVID-19 at the age of 56.

 The amaRharhabe has been an independent sovereign kingship since the 18th century. It’s status was affirmed by a 2016 North Gauteng High Court judgment, overturning an earlier decision by the Nhlapo Commission.

Mr. Ramaphosa described the late queen as a bastion of traditional values and an inspiring and principled leader of the amaRharhabe who remain engaged in legal processes to secure recognition as a kingdom.

As a result of the Presidential declaration, the National Flag will fly at half mast from Saturday, July 11, 2020 (midnight Friday 10 July) until the evening of Sunday, July 12, 2020, the day on which Her Majesty will be laid to rest.

“The Special Official Funeral will take place at the Mngqesha Great Place, King William’s Town. The President wishes the Royal Household and the amaRharhabe well as they prepare to bid farewell to a formidable leader and beloved Queen,” the presidency said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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