War cries chanted to pay last respects to Mzimela

2015-01-05 00:00

THE Kwagolela community near Mtunzini and several national political figures gathered at the University of Zululand to mourn the death of Inkosi Impiyezintombi Mzimela, yesterday.

Mzimela, who was revered as an unrivalled traditional leader and educator within the community, died on Christmas Day. He was a principal at Qalenjingini High School for over 10 years and at Sbhakuza High School for two years until his death. He was also remembered for building 18 schools within his community.

Clad in traditional regalia, those who attended chanted war cries and sang war songs as a fitting show of their last respects to their leader.

Present at the ceremony was Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko, Deputy Labour Minister Phathekile Holomisa, IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi and MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

“Our education and the province at large are now poorer without him. At all times, he elevated education to the top of his community development agenda. His track record speaks for itself. He made an indelible mark on all these centres of learning,” said Dube-Ncube.

All speakers highlighted Mzimela’s humility and passion for the upliftment of rural communities.

As the former Chair for the National House of Traditional Leaders, he underscored the plight of rural communities from across the province and the country.

Buthelezi said: “We thank God for giving us a son like this at such a crucial time. We are saddened by the fact that he should depart this life before completing his mission in life. My great sadness today is that as my son, I was hoping that he would bury me instead of the other way round.” — Witness Reporter.

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