Bhengu to be buried tomorrow

2013-12-13 00:00

DESCRIBED by his sister, Sheila Bhengu, as her pillar of strength, Vusumuzi Ronald Bhengu will be laid to rest tomorrow after his one-year battle with cancer.

Bhengu, the HOD for the Department of Community Safety and Liaison, was born in kwaMashu in 1959 and grew up in Chesterville, west of Durban, matriculating at Hlahlindlela High School in Hillcrest.

He died on December 2 at 5 pm, at the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria after being sick for less than a year with a rare type of cancer.

“Vusumuzi was diagnosed with cancer last year December and at the time of diagnosis we found out he was already at stage four of the cancer. He was strong and never complained about being ill,” said Sheila.

Bhengu attended the University of Zululand as a law student before going into exile via Botswana in 1980.

He had basic military training in Zambia before going for a full military course in Angola.

Bhengu later moved to Bulgaria, where he obtained his Master of Art in pedagogics from the University of Sofia.

Bhengu returned to South Africa in 1991 after working and qualifying in his respective fields worldwide.

Late in September 2011, Bhengu joined the Department of Community Safety and Liaison.

Sheila said : “As soon as my brother returned from exile he immediately made contact with his old friends and family. He loved his friends dearly and were an important part of his life.

“Even though he was ill and less mobile, he made it a point to complete his work.”

Bhengu, working in partnership with other community structures, spearheaded the anti-drugs and other illegal substances campaign.

The campaign is now being rolled out throughout the province by the department.

Sheila said their parents, Duduzile and Bhekithemba Bhengu, saw their child struggle in his last days and his death was very upsetting, but did not come as a shock.

Bhengu will be buried in Chesterville tomorrow, after the funeral service at the Chesterville Sports Grounds at 10 am.

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