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Special provincial official funeral for the former leader of the Zulu regiments Mgilija?

It was reported on Wednesday that there has been a call made that the former leader of the Zulu regiments Zihogo Mgilija Nhleko should be granted a state funeral following his passing on Monday.

Mgilija was 72-years-old at the time of his passing following an illness.

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) MEC for Arts and Culture Hlengiwe Mavimbela said Mgilija’s leadership skills caught the attention of the public when he led the Zulu regiments during the interment in March of late Zulu King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu.

Daily News reported that the call was made by the Injenje yabeNguni Council and the National Freedom Party (NFP), which urged KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala to write to The Presidency to request that Mgilija should be granted a state funeral at a provincial level.

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According to the State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy Manual, a special provincial official funeral, which has two categories, can be granted to “outstanding persons specifically designated by the President of South Africa on request by the Premier of a province”, which is the first category. The second category is a special provincial official funeral granted to “distinguished persons specifically designated by the” president following a request from a provincial premier.

Read the State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy Manual here.

Opinion on Twitter was split on whether Mgilija should be granted a state funeral, with some being of the view that state funerals are used by corrupt people to swindle money from the government.

Other Twitter users were of the view that because Mgilija had been a leader of the Zulu regiments he deserved to be granted a state funeral, while others pointed out that he had been dismissed from this position reportedly for defying the authority of Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini.

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