ANC's founding president's daughter, Gogo Lulu, had a 'wealth of knowledge'

2016-06-02 17:39
A banner at the memorial for the late Gogo Dube. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

A banner at the memorial for the late Gogo Dube. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – The principal of Inanda's Ohlange High School on Thursday said losing ANC founding president John Dube’s last surviving daughter, Lulu, was like losing a library.  

"It’s like watching a library burning, you lose a wealth of knowledge," Siyanda Nxumalo said at the social and political activist’s memorial service at The Durban Playhouse.

The 84-year-old died last Friday after a short illness.

According to the obituary, which was read by one of her grandchildren, Lindiwe Bilimonga, Dube was born in 1931 in Inanda. She attended Marian Hill high school and later became a nurse at McCord Zulu Hospital.

Speaking on behalf of the family and Ohlange High School, the school where former president Nelson Mandela cast his vote in 1994, Nxumalo said Gogo Lulu’s family should be celebrated.

"One thing that we learnt from Lulu, which she learnt from her father, was that politics and religion do not have to clash. You can take God and place him at the centre of your politics."

Nxumalo said Gogo Lulu was a friend of the school.

"On a rainy day or sunny day, when we celebrate Mafukuzela [John Dube] week, she would come, even when her body would not let her. You could see that her heart and mind wanted to be there. She did this every year."

Nxumalo said, like her father, Dube had a wealth of knowledge.

"When she spoke about her father, she did not speak about Mafukuzela [John Dube], as the editor of Ilanga newspaper or the leader of the ANC. She spoke about her father who knew the power of sacrifice. John Dube, taught us that 'Black man, you are on your own'."

Nxumalo said John Dube had lived by example that a black man was on his own to better the lives of his people and Steve Biko had written about it.

"For a black man to build something [the school] to be still alive and kicking in, it tells you something about that man’s vision. The African National Congress and the Ilanga newspapers are still alive and kicking."

Nxumalo dared the government not to fail Gogo Lulu and her father by neglecting the school.

"We dare not fail the memory of Gogo Lulu and John Dube.”

She is survived by three daughters, two sons and grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.  

The funeral service was expected to be held at the Ohlange Institute on Saturday. She will be laid to rest next to her parents, John and Angelina Dube, at Ohlange Institute.

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