Pioneer priest buried

2016-07-07 06:00
 Reverend Marjorie Nomalizo Vuyelwa Mamputa was buried on Friday. Her emotional service was attended by clergy and congregants from all walks of life. Inset: Revs De Vos and Magadla carried her coffin. PHOTOs: fanie jason

Reverend Marjorie Nomalizo Vuyelwa Mamputa was buried on Friday. Her emotional service was attended by clergy and congregants from all walks of life. Inset: Revs De Vos and Magadla carried her coffin. PHOTOs: fanie jason

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Hundreds of mourners came to pay their last respects to one of the first female priests and a community builder Reverend Marjorie Nomalizo Vuyelwa Mamputa in a moving service held at the St Colombus Anglican Church in Gugulethu on Friday.

Reverend Mamputa has been a community worker for over 50 years but started of as a nurse.

A neighbour of long standing Professor Nomvula Mteto described Reverend Mamputa as a “woman of compassion and warmth”.

“We have know each other for more than fifty years and she remains one of the humble people I know,” Prof Mteto.

She further stated that Rev Mamputa’s unwavering faith saw her defeat many obstacles that stood on her way.

Mrs June Coote in a very emotional tone remembered Rev Mamputa as a “spiritual guider of note.”

“During difficult periods in our lives Rev Mamputa always gave us hope and reminded us about God,” she said.

The service was conducted by Bishop Garth Counsel and was described by many as a fitting tribute to a woman of substance and courage.

Her friend Rosemary Canny remembered Mamputa for her belief in uplifting others

Rev Mamputa was born in Aberdeen in the Karoo.

Her lower primary schooling was done in this town and her higher primary education in Graaf -Reinet. Since most of the church schools catering for African learners only provided this level of education in these towns, she moved to Uitenhage for her secondary education under the tutelage of David Curry

Her nursing training was done at Brewelskloof and Graaf- Reinet and it was during that period that she met and married Andrew Butityi Mamputa and stayed at Luyolo in Simonstown.

After their marriage she worked at Dr Moss’s surgery at Retreat and after being forcibly removed from Simonstown to Nyanga West,now Gugulethu, she worked at Gugulethu clinic and later at Nyanga clinic where she spent many years.

It was during this period as a health worker that she realised her calling to serve others something that she had started in Gugulethu through providing medication and injections to migrant workers who started work way before the clinic opened ,so that they could be on time for work.

In Nyanga, working with sister Matsepe and Auntie Rose Mbude they provided child care and medication to the wives of migrant workers who were illegaly in the Cape .

This they did away from the clinic where frequent pass raids were the order of the day and out in the bushes near Gxalaba and later in the present day Old Crossroads. This emerged into what is now the Ethafeni Child care Centre and this was followed by the founding of the Nyanga old age home.

In her later years the calling in the church became stronger and she became the first woman lay minister in the townships and later followed that up with studies for ministry and she was ordained by the Rt Rev Ndungane. .

Her work was recognised by the province and she was awarded the Premiers award, this is besides the annual Xmas parties which she funded and persuaded her children to support for more than thirty years.

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