Hundreds bid adios to a leader

2016-10-27 06:00
 Masti was buried on Saturday.

Masti was buried on Saturday.

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Standing amidst the multitude at Maitland Cemetery to pay his last respects to Thandiswa Priscilla Feni-Stokwe, fondly nicknamed “MaSti” meaning mama Stokwe, Patrick Mbangula recalled “MaSti’s) generosity and selflessness— a senior citizen who worked tirelessly to develop Dunoon.

Mbangula is just one of several hundreds of stories of people whose lives were touched by ‘MaSti’.

On Saturday, October 23, Mbangula joined hundreds of Dunoon residents and others from various areas, to pay his last respects to Dunoon’s late community leader.

“We have lost an icon. We have lost a mother. We should celebrate stewards when they are alive. Their history and achievements must not end when they die. ‘MaSti’ will be remembered across the spectrum,” said Mbangula.

Feni-Stokwe’s death at the age of 65 Saturday, October 8 sent shockwaves in Dunoon where she was beloved as a community leader, mother, and a politician.

She became Dunoon’s pillar of support and one of the link to the generation that facilitated in the establishment of Dunoon township.

Last Saturday her body lay in state at the St Lawrence Anglican Church in Dunoon as hundreds of people from around Cape Town and Eastern Cape paid their last respects to “MaSti”.

“I dont know what to say about ‘MaSti. She was our mother. We have lost. We don’t know who will fill in her shoes. She contributed a lot in almost all developments in Dunoon. She facilitated the building of schools, RDP houses and the new Dunoon Community Healthy Centre (CHC),” said Mavis Matomane.

Taxi bosses from the Dunoon Taxi Association (DTA) was also present to bid farewell to her. They provided more than ten taxis to transport people to the cemetery in Maitland.

“We have lost a very dedicated mother. She made a very huge contribution within the taxi business in Dunoon. She made victory in a number of things. She supported DTA and played a huge role during the City of Cape Town negotiations leading up to the transition of the taxi industry to operate MyCiTi buses,” said Frank Qotiwe, a spokesman for the DTA.

“She will be greatly missed politically, socially and otherwise. She never wanted political scoring when she made a statement it was based on fairness, political values and substance. Its pity we never celebrated her during her lifetime,” said Mbagula.

A white hearse carried ‘MaSti’ white casket to the cemetery in Maitland where she was laid to rest. The funeral convoy was escorted by provincial traffic vehicles clearing the way to the cemetery.

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