Traditional leaders mourn Mpumalanga chief’s death

2016-01-22 11:54

Kwamhlanga - Traditional leaders in Mpumalanga are mourning the death of one of their chiefs.

Inkosi Abu Joseph Mabena, 81, died at his home in the former Kwandebele area, in Tweefontein, on Tuesday following a short illness.  

"All the chiefs of Mpumalanga are saddened by losing Chief Mabena because he was a dictionary and archive to all traditional leaders. Losing such a person is a great loss because we relied on him for solutions to our leadership problems," said Mpumalanga House of Traditional Leaders chairperson Kgoshi Mathupa Mokoena on Friday.

Mokoena told a News24 correspondent that Mabena was chief of the Manala-Mgibe Traditional Council in Tweefontein, outside KwaMhlanga.

He said only God knew why Mabena had died.

"It takes time to have a chief. We hope that God and the ancestors will assist the royal family. We are saying, rest in peace to Inkosi Mabena," he said.

Provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Refilwe Mtshweni expressed her condolences to the family.

"His death is a great loss, not only to his family and clan, but to the entire Mpumalanga traditional institution. Inkosi Mabena was recognised and inaugurated on 18 January 1986 and served his traditional council and the community with great distinction," said Mtshweni.

The chief’s memorial service would be held at the Manala Mgibe Traditional Council on Saturday at 10:00. 

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