Chief Thandisizwe Diko, The husband of suspended Cyril Ramaphosa Spokeswoman, Khusela Diko, died Suddenly at the Life Beacon Bay Hospital on Sunday.

The Eastern Cape traditional leaders said in a statement:

It is with great sadness that KwaBhaca Great Palace announces the passing of our King, His Majesty, Madzikane II Diko.

Ingonyama Madzikane II passed away following a short illness.

The Bhaca nation is still coming to terms with this shocking and painful loss of our beloved father, son and husband and we will make further announcements once the kingdom has finalised the arrangements for burial.

Khusela Diko was in Gauteng when her husband died. She was suspended in 2020 after the late Diko’s company, Royal Bhaca, was paid over R100 Million in a PPE scandal in Gauteng.