Taxi industry hails Hadebe

2013-07-26 00:00

THOSE who worked with the fiery chairperson of the KZN Transport Alliance, Eugene Hadebe, agree that he always fought for other people.

Hadebe (44) died at Durban’s King George Hospital on Wednesday, after being in hospital for almost two weeks.

His daughter, Sne Hadebe, said her father was from the Inanda area in Durban and was widowed a few years ago and had not re-married. He is survived by 12 children.

Hadebe had long been a thorn in the government’s side.

Last year, he led a march by taxi operators to the KZN Department of Transport to complain about the issuing of permits and the treatment of taxi operators by authorities.

Those who worked with him described him as a principled man who stood up for what he believed in.

Thulani Nene of the KZN Taxi Alliance in Pietermaritzburg said Hadebe’s death was great loss. “It’s not only his family that has suffered a great loss; we in the industry have also lost,” he said.

Nene said he worked with Hadebe for many years and commended him as someone who always fought for other people.

“He stood up for what he believed in and was not someone who sneaked around to gossip or to say something in corners. If there was an issue he needed to tackle with you, he would be straight about it and tell you to your face.”

Nene said there were people who had not appreciated Hadebe’s strong stance. “There were some people who complained that the language he used was strong and harsh.”

ANC spokesperson in the province Senzo Mkhize said: “He was one of the taxi operators who always fought for the rights of taxi operators and the development of the taxi industry in the province.”

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, described Hadebe as an innovative leader who contributed greatly to growing the taxi industry.

He said Hadebe had participated in many peace processes aimed at maintaining order and ending violence in the industry.

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