ANC buries its stalwarts

2015-11-05 06:00
 Ndoda Ngemntu.

Ndoda Ngemntu.

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In a space of two weeks the ANC will burying two of its firebrands following the death of Siphiwo Nditha last Wednesday.

ANC provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs said in statement that Nditha who will buried in Umtata next Saturday passed away after sustaining injuries and enduring pain for the past 12 months at a hospital.

“Nditha was a champion for not only those who loved and cherished our beloved organisation, the ANC, but he was also unwavering in his confidence in the ability of the organisation, the ability of branches of the ANC to lead and influence local community issues,” he said.

Nditha sustained an injury after being attacked at an ANC meeting in Ward 96 in the Dullar Omar region.

Jacobs said to be injured in a space where you were supposed to be protected would have broken a lesser man but not Nditha.

“In him we see the true ANC values: love and respect of our movement, patience, hope and the indomitable spirit. Even in his most unfortunate injury, he did not surrender to self-pity and regret.

“As the ANC, we will however not rest until these rouge elements, who seek to take advantage of the openness of our organisation and bring in thuggery,” he added.

Nditha was a former deputy chairperson of the ANC Branch in Ward 96 and was also former Secretary of Albertina Sisulu SACP branch.

“We send our warm condolences to the Nditha family at this difficult time,” said Masonwabe Sokoyi of SACP.

This weekend the ANC will attend to the funeral of Ndoda Ngentumn who died during a shooting at a tavern in Nyanga where they had been watch a World Cup Rugby game between Springboks and All Blacks.

Ngemntu, 39, a former spokesperson for the ANCY Youth League will be buried on Saturday November 7 from the Ndlovini Community Hall where his memorial service was held on Wednesday night.

Following his murder on a fortnight ago the league vowed to renew its resolve to fight crime and expose “thugs, hooligans and criminals”.

“We shall fight relentlessly in quest of ensuring our communities remain safe and out of the clutches of crime.”

The provincial ANC said it was shocked by his death.

Ngemntu had been part of its delegation to the recent National General Council.

“His branch trusted him with many tasks, his region had confidence in his leadership and the province, many a time, called on him to take various responsibilities, fully aware of his capacity and his courage”, the party said.

Ngemntu was one of three men shot and killed while at a tavern to watch the Springboks play the All Blacks on Saturday.

The men were shot dead in Cubungu Street, KTC, around 17:00, said Western Cape police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana.

While police said four men were wounded, local ward councillor, Khaya Yozi, put the figure at five.

He said most were shot in the arm or leg but one man was critically wounded and taken to Groote Schuur hospital.

“There is a strong suspicion in the community that gang violence is involved.”

Rwexana said no arrests had been made.

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