‘Robbed of a son of the soil’

2014-04-01 00:00

FORMER city senior manager turned businessperson Zwe Hulane (36) died yesterday, the day he was due to begin first round of chemotherapy, after a short battle with cancer.

Zwe Hulane died three weeks after he complained of severe stomach ache.

He leaves behind his wife, Xolile, and two children.

His mother, Joyce Hulane, described him as a respectful person who was always willing to help others who were less fortunate than he was.

“He believed in equality for all — that is why he joined Cosas in high school and later became a Sasco member, because he wanted students from disadvantaged backgrounds to be supported by institutions,” she said.

Hulane said, “My son was only sick for a short time and that is why a lot of people are not even aware of his untimely death.”

She said when he had first complained of severe stomach ache, they did not realise that this could lead to his death.

She confirmed that he was due to start chemotherapy yesterday.

“This is a great loss for our family because he loved us, and he also had such love for his community and the country,” said Hulane.

Former Msunduzi Municipality manager and now director-general for Human Settlements Thabani Zulu said, “I worked with him reporting to me. Zwe was a very theoretically sound person, with a great intellectual capacity.”

He said that was obviously due to a high political and administrative discipline.

“Outside the office, he was also fun to be around,” he said.

Zulu said when they went to a sports ground to watch a soccer game, Zwe knew his way around people.

“The South African society has been robbed of the great son of the soil,” said Zulu.

Former Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said he was shocked because Hulane was a not just a colleague but a friend. He said he missed their time working together at the municipality, especially during Zulu’s tenure as the municipal manager.

“This country has been robbed of a very young, intelligent and diligent servant of the people. Personally, I am devastated because we were very close and we had some fun times together,” said Zuma.

Mervin Dirks, former deputy mayor at Msunduzi Municipality, said he had known Hulane from before he joined the municipality.

“I have been shocked by the news of his sudden death because he was destined for greater things, because he was such an intelligent young African technocrat, who was probably the youngest deputy municipal manager at that time,” he said.

Dirks said he was shocked at his death because he had been with him in recent ANC election campaigns.

“It is always sad to see young African intellectuals of Zwe’s calibre dying at such a tender age,” said Dirks.

Hulane, the deputy municipal manager for community services, resigned after reaching a settlement with the council’s administration when Msunduzi was placed under administration. Before joining the municipality, he had worked in then deputy president Jacob Zuma’s office.

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