Queen NoMoscow's son shuns her funeral
He also failed to attend his wife's burial last year
THOUSANDS of mourners came to pay their last respects to AbaThembu Queen NoMoscow Dalindeybo, senior wife of late AbaThembu King Sabata Dalindyebo, at her funeral on Sunday.
Mourners included Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi, Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, Local Government and Traditional Affairs Minister Mlibo Qoboshiyane, King Mpendulo Sigcawu, AmaMpondo King Zanozuko Sigcau and Western Pondoland King Ndamase Ndamase.
But the queen's son, King Buyelakhaya Dalindyebo, was not present at the funeral.
It was unclear why he had not attended.
The funeral was declared an official provincial event by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and the South African flag flew at half-mast.
The kings in attendance raised concerns about unequal treatment they received from the government.
Queen NoMoscow died on June 14 at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha after suffering from renal failure. She was 73.
Controversy around the funeral began last week when King Buyelakhaya Dalindyebo rejected state aid for the rite.
The offer was made by Kiviet who, with a Bhisho delegation that included Qoboshiyane and legislature speaker Fikile Xasa, visited the king to offer their condolences.
During the meeting, Dalindyebo vowed to reject assistance from President Jacob Zuma if it were made.
"Zuma must not even send one of his puppets to me. The messenger might get shot. I warn you all," Dalindyebo was quoted as saying then.
"We cannot allow the government to make the fallacy that it recognised her, no. When NoMoscow was still alive she never enjoyed benefits as a queen.
"The government showed no respect for her as a royal. She died like a commoner and poor."
Dalindyebo also refused to discuss his funeral plans with the delegation.
Dalindyebo is no stranger to controversy after he failed to attend his wife Nolwazi's burial last year in what was assumed to have been a protest against the state's inadequate contribution to her funeral.