Ntombela’s wife laid to rest

2011-04-22 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party stalwart David Thandabantu Ntombela yesterday buried his wife Nonceba (67), who died from a heart failure last Friday after a long illness.

Her funeral service was held at the fully-packed Vulindlela Hall and she was later buried at the Ntombela homestead cemetery in Elandskop.

The funeral was attended by IFP president Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the party’s national organiser, Albert Mncwango, and its member of parliament, Velaphi Ndlovu.

Nonceba’s sister, Nokufika Ngubane, spoke of the fond memories she has of her older sister whom she described as her friend.

“I was not surprised when I heard that my sister has died of heart failure because she had been through a lot while she was alive,” she said.

Ngubane recalled a time when her sister survived after lightning had struck her house while she was inside with her children.

“My sister had a good heart like my mother because she loved children.

“She not only raised her own children but also raised every child that was part of the Ntombela homestead.”

MaNgubane said it is true that for every great man there is a good woman behind him.

“My sister was a pillar of strength to Mr Ntombela,” she added.

Jupha Zondi, her daughter, said she was grateful her father built a house for his wife even though she did not get to live in it.

“I know that my mother died a happy woman because you [Ntombela] built her a beautiful house,” she said.

Zondi cautioned her father against going to seek love elsewhere now that her mother is gone, much to the amusement of her father.

Buthelezi said the death of Nonceba was received with great sadness and shock as everyone was still praying for her recovery.

He acknowledged the role played by David Ntombela during the difficult days of political violence when he protected IFP members from their enemies.

Buthelezi said Nonceba was a heroine who did not abandon her husband even when some of his children had turned against him.

“We are grateful to Nonceba for her contribution and the role that she played in the IFP and the community at large,” said Buthelezi.

Other speakers described Nonceba as a deeply religious person who helped many local women establish co-operatives involved in catering, sewing and gardening projects.

She was a former chairperson of the IFP Women’s Brigade and played a role in virginity testing for young girls in KwaZulu-Natal.

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