Hamba kahle Mam’uConjwa

2016-07-07 06:00
 Nyanga stalwart Susan Conjwa tobe laid to rest this weekend.

Nyanga stalwart Susan Conjwa tobe laid to rest this weekend.

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One of Nyanga’s longest serving community workers has fallen.

Mrs Suzane Conjwa, one of the founders of who worked with, amongst other organisation, South African Civic Organisation and Nyanga’s Siseko Trading school and Black Sash.

The 91 year old heroin peacefully passed away at her Zwelitsha home from natural causes. Conjwa is credited for her work as a community worker and civil rights activist.

She began her long journey in community development when she enrolled as a teacher in one of Gugulethu’s first schools Mseki Primary school in 1960.

Later in that decade she went on to be a dedicated organiser for resistant movement Black Sash, she later joined Quaker Peace Centre, where she was pivotal in assisting victims of violence during political clashes in the 70s.

In 1977 she was the was one of the founding members of the Nyanga’s Residents Association where she and other leaders fought for the civil rights and property rights of the people in the area.

She was also pivotal during the 1980 bus boycott by Crossroads commuters who where fed up of the inferior bus system offered to commuters at the time.

She was eqally as influencial in the fight for hostel dwellers whore constantly bused to then homelands as they had illegally settled in municipal land in the 1983.

Conjwa, along with other local leaders, bussed the dwellers back onto the Cape in an effort to frustrate the government of the time.

They kept this struggle for more than three years until the government gave up.

She was also part of the committee that were peace makers during the violent taxi wars in the early 90s.

After South Africa received its political freedom in 1994 Conjwa dedicated her time to assisting refugee from bordering countries and became in active in her years as an elderly. Conjwa’s funeral service will take place on Saturday 9 July.

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