Mogoeng Mogoeng hails MaMbeki’s ‘immeasurable contribution’

2014-06-12 13:52

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Former president Thabo Mbeki’s mother was a diligent woman who made an immeasurable contribution to her family and the struggle for a free South Africa.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng today praised Epainette Nomaka Mbeki, who passed away on Saturday, for her diligence and dedication to mankind.

“Diligence, humanity is what I hope all South Africans, especially the youth, could learn from MaMbeki and the legacy she left. That they will remember her immeasurable contribution and the sacrifice she made to get South Africa to be the constitutional democracy it is today,” he said.

The chief justice was speaking after briefly meeting Mbeki to offer his condolences to him at MaMbeki’s Ngcingwana home before the memorial service at Dutywa’s King Hintsa FET College.

A visibly emotional Mogoeng had only good things to say about MaMbeki and said that her life should be an example for young people and future generations to emulate.

“I only wish that generations to come could be made aware of her moral fortitude, the forgiving spirit she had, that notwithstanding the two decades her husband [Govan] spent on Robben Island, having to look after the children without him...

“She was still willing to work for the betterment of others and to help create a prosperous and stable South Africa,” he said.

Mogoeng said the youth should learn from MaMbeki who had not let her surroundings discourage her.

“She not only worked for the betterment of her own life, but made sure that the community was also uplifted,” he said, adding that the bereaved family should find strength in the struggle stalwart’s legacy.

“The Mbeki family should be strong and draw solace from the fact that she lived long enough to reach the age of 98, to see her grandchildren, to see her son become the president of a great country,” said Mogoeng.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said the loss of MaMbeki was “the end of all of us”.

He said MaMbeki had lived a great life in the service of the people.

“We are here to mourn and express our gratitude for the lessons learnt. Here is a lady who saw the struggle at the beginning of its organised form and saw it when democracy was achieved,” said Lekota.

The memorial service started just after midday.

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