Zuma to be at Durban attorney’s funeral

2012-05-16 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma will attend Friday’s funeral of KwaZulu-Natal attorney Mvuseni Ngubane, who committed suicide at the weekend, the ANC said yesterday.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala expressed the organisation’s sadness at Ngubane’s death, saying he was a “true doyen of the legal fraternity”.

“South Africa has lost a renowned attorney who served in various key legal positions, both provincially and nationally,” he said.

“Ngubane served the ANC legal desk for many years, where he made an enormous contribution by ensuring that the policies our movement crafted, transformed the justice system and made it accessible to all citizens.

“He was also able to make an indelible mark in the legal fraternity when he chaired the Durban branch of the Black Lawyers’ Association and when he co-chaired the Law Society of South Africa,” said Zikalala.

Ngubane’s grieving brother, Boy Ngubane, told The Witness the family is honoured that the president will attend the funeral, to be held at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre at 9 am on Friday.

He will be buried at Lalakahle Cemetery that afternoon.

A memorial service will be held at the Durban City Hall at 2 pm today.

Boy Ngubane said the family had not learnt anything new about what had motivated his brother to take his own life, and they do not wish to discuss the suicide note, which is in the hands of the police.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge reitereated yesterday that the note was “terribly contaminated with blood” and could barely be read.

He said it will be analysed before being released to Ngubane’s family.

“The contents will not be made public because that is an issue for the family,” he said.

Mdunge said an inquest docket had been opened, but said the evidence was “clear” that Ngubane’s death was “purely suicide”.

“For that reason it is most unlikely that a court will order a formal inquest to be held,” he said.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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