Cllr helps bury brother of cadre

2016-09-01 06:00
 Councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni.

Councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni.

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Touched by the plight of an ANC volunteer who gave her all during the recent electioneering campaign, a councillor dug deep in his pockets to help her bury a brother who died recently.

Ward 94 Councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni was saddened to learn that Titi Jordaan’ s family were struggling to organise Mahlubandile’s funeral who was knocked dead by a car. Mngxunyeni said he was approached by community members to help after it became evident that the family was struggling.

The ANC Chris Hani branch secretary Xolani Matshoba said immediately after Mngxunyeni was informed of the situation, he “went into action”.

“Like many poor families in our townships, this family had no funeral cover and they sought help from their councillor,” said Matshoba.

He said Mngxunyeni immediately visited the Jordaan family with the branch leadership and made necessary interventions.

Matshoba said hit-and-run accidents were rife in areas like Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Phillipi and that drivers in such deaths were seldom brought to book.

Speaking at the Jordan’s funeral on Saturday, Mngxunyeni said he decided to help the family because of Titi’ s dedication to community matters.

“I have seen how Titi takes community matters to heart and I was moved to help,” he said.

Mngxunyeni paid most of the funeral costs, including transportation and food.

An emotional Titi said she was humbled by Mngxunyeni’ s generosity.

“The family is very grateful to the ANC and ward councillor for being there in these trying times. We buried our brother with dignity,” she said.

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