Council saddened by death

2008-06-17 00:00

A senior councillor in the Msunduzi Municipality, Thokozani Dlamini, died at Midlands Hospital last Thursday.

Dlamini, who grew up in the city, was part of the ANC underground movement and trained as an Mkhonto Wesizwe (MK) soldier.

Condolences poured in from political parties for Dlamini, who was a member of the Executive Committee (Exco) and chaired the Sound Governance and Human Resource Committee.

Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo said a “heavy cloud” hangs over the council as they mourn the loss of a mother, friend, colleague, sister, and a member of the ANC liberation movement.

Hlatshwayo said the city lost a leader as well as a stalwart of the struggle for political emancipation and human rights.

“Councillor Dlamini worked tirelessly for this country and the city of Pietermaritzburg. No one shall replace the place she occupied in our hearts and minds and the void she leaves will sadly never be filled. Her memory and deeds will forever remain etched in our memory, as her soul finds peace and rest.

“On behalf of the Msunduzi Municipality we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends, comrades and the citizens of Pietermaritzburg,” said Hlatshwayo.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Bill Lambert said Dlamini was an integral part of Exco.

He said she was an extremely hard worker and a fine person to deal with. “We are going to miss her on our committee and in the council as a whole. The DA extends its very sincere condolences and sympathy to her family,” said Lambert.

Inkatha Freedom Party leader Dolo Zondi said he will miss Dlamini’s contribution to Exco.

“We would like to send our sincere condolences to the Dlamini family,” said Zondi.

Municipal manager Rob Haswell said Dlamini was an experienced, dedicated and well-liked councillor. Haswell said she earned management’s respect as the chair of the Sound Governance and Human Resource Committee, at a time when staff issues were the source of considerable instability.

“I want to place on record therefore, that councillor Dlamini assisted, advised and encouraged me regularly on staff matters, and she will be sorely missed, not just on Exco, but by all municipal staff, especially myself,” added Haswell.

Dlamini was elected as a councillor in 1996. She was deployed to the ANC provincial office from 1997 to 1998 as the ANC Women’s League provincial secretary. In March 2006, she was deployed back to the municipality. She also served as a member of the local labour forum.

Dlamini’s memorial service will be held today at the city hall from noon. Her funeral will be held on Sunday.

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