Official funeral for Ngubane

2010-01-15 00:00

THE South African flag will be flown at half mast tomorrow when Inkosi Nyanga Ngubane is laid to rest to honour the contribution he has made to the country, said the speaker of the Provincial Legislature Peggy Nkonyeni yesterday.

Nkonyeni, speaking at the memorial service of Inkosi Ngubane, held in Pietermaritzburg’s City Hall, said she had contacted KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize about giving the inkosi a state funeral, and the premier had contacted President Jacob Zuma.

She said Inkosi Ngubane had made a staggering contribution to improving the lives of South Africans in the province, hence, it was befitting that he was given a state funeral.

“Inkosi Ngubane has made a great contribution to society and we felt it important that he is given a state funeral to honour that contribution. I raised that point with the premier who obliged and contacted the president.”

She praised the Inkosi whom she described as humble and full of jokes, saying his death was a loss not only to the Inkatha Freedom Party, but also the general public, as he was an esteemed member of the provincial legislature.

Political party leaders also weighted in, praising Ngubane for his contributions. They described him as a hard worker and a peacemaker.

Former KwaZulu-Natal premier Lionel Mtshali said, “Ngubane laid a solid foundation for peace and reconciliation between the province’s two major political parties during difficult times of strife and violence.”

Premier Zweli Mkhize described him as a humble and principled man with a good temperament. “Even when things got heated between parties in the legislature, as they sometimes did, he would never lose his head.”

He praised Inkosi Ngubane for his sense of humour which was legendary in the provincial legislature and described his death as a great loss.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.