Zulu glad to see the back of 2007

2007-12-31 00:00

Former Msunduzi municipal manager, Thabane Zulu, is grateful that 2007 is almost over.

On Saturday Zulu hosted a thanksgiving ceremony to thank God for sparing his life following his brush with death in a car accident earlier this year, and to pay tribute to those who supported him through the ordeal.

His bad luck this year was compounded by the death of his beloved mother a few weeks after his accident while he was still recovering.

The ceremony, held at the Pietermaritzburg Oval, was attended by his family and close friends, including ANC National Executive Committee (NEC member Ruth Bhengu, National Secretary-General of the ANC Women’s League and NEC member Bathabile Dlamini and renowned poet Mzwakhe Mbuli.

In a frank interview with The Witness at the function, Zulu spoke of his deep despondency after the crash on April 22.

“I was hospitalised for six weeks and during that time, my mother passed away. I spent four years of my life on Robben Island during the struggle days and those years were not as bad compared to what I went through this year.

“The ceremony is to thank my family, friends and colleagues for supporting me because without them my time at the hospital would have been very difficult.”

Speaking of those dark days, Zulu admitted that he could have committed suicide or “gone mad”.

Zulu’s friends from the struggle days, Bhengu and Bathabile Dlamini, gave him words of encouragement and set him straight on some issues.

Bhengu told of how Zulu rose to the position of municipal manager, citing that his dedication to work for the people of this city and province paved his way to the position.

Bhengu said that with the new ANC’s NEC, which comprises of workers and professionals, there was a place for Zulu.

“We know that there was a time when you thought that the ANC rejected you. I want to say that the ANC did not reject you, but some individuals within the ANC rejected you,” said Bhengu.

Dlamini urged Zulu to look into the future and put aside the difficulties that he faced in 2007 because the nation needs a leader of his calibre. “We are where we are today because of the sacrifices and the struggles made by people like you and the nation must know that. You are a leader in your own right and the nation is at work and we need you in the process,” Dlamini told Zulu.

Mbuli said that 2007 was also a bad year for him, saying he shared Zulu’s eagerness to see the year come to an end. Among the bad things that happened to him this year were finding out that the grave that was thought to have been his father’s resting place for 30 years belonged to someone else.

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