Former hospital matron leaves behind a ‘legacy of education’

2016-03-24 09:39
Peggy Qondeni Zuma (80) will be buried on Thursday after losing her battle with cancer.

Peggy Qondeni Zuma (80) will be buried on Thursday after losing her battle with cancer. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Retired Edendale Hospital matron Peggy Qondeni Zuma, who died at the weekend, has been hailed as a community hero by her family.

She worked for 25 years as a matron at Edendale Hospital.

Zuma’s daughter Gugu Zuma said her mother came from a “very poor background and because she believed in education she dedicated her life to getting one herself”.

“And now she has left the legacy of education in the family,” said Gugu.

“She believed that if she became educated the community would be educated and her children would also be educated. She was a community person,” said Gugu.

The 80-year-old Zuma battled with cancer for years. The family said she died peacefully at the Wembly House Sub-Acute Hospital in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.

Zuma worked with Harry Gwala at Edendale Hospital during the apartheid era. At the age of 30, while working there her dedication was noticed and she was promoted to the position of matron.

After she retired from a successful career in South Africa, she travelled to London where she worked in the field of geriatric nursing.

“It is a great loss to the nation to lose a person with such a passionate love for the country and the community at large.

“She will be sadly missed by her six children, 24 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren,” said Gugu.

The burial service will be held today at St Mary’s Catholic Church at 8 am.

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