Slain youth activist lives on

2018-01-18 06:01
Marry Ngemntu (iwearing floral dress) with ANC ward chairperson Andile Matshikiza, in blue shirt, with the beneficiaries and community members during the donation handover on Tuesday. Nokwandisa Dangatye is the right. This was during the launch of the Ndoda Ngemntu Foundation(inset).                                        PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Marry Ngemntu (iwearing floral dress) with ANC ward chairperson Andile Matshikiza, in blue shirt, with the beneficiaries and community members during the donation handover on Tuesday. Nokwandisa Dangatye is the right. This was during the launch of the Ndoda Ngemntu Foundation(inset). PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The mother of slain youth leader Ndoda Ngemntu is keeping his legacy alive through a newly launched foundation.

The Ndoda Ngemntu Foundation is aimed at poverty alleviation and three school children have already benefited from its inception.

Ndoda Ngemntu was a popular ANC youth activist until he was shot dead at a tavern in KTC in October 2015. His murder remains a mystery.

Now his mother, Marry Ngemntu donated shoes and socks to primary school children during the launch of the foundation at the Ward 98 ANC constituency office on Tuesday in New Crossroads.

“I wanted to celebrate his life by looking into the community in which many are poverty stricken and see where I can(help).

So when I received donations for a soup kitchen, I knew I had to redirect them to help the children.

I figured making food is not as sustainable as giving them school uniform,” she said.

His mother said that even though a part of her has made peace with his death, she often misses him on such occasions.

“I know that he would be really happy about this and if he was here, he would have helped me, but I’m very happy that his friends and comrades are always there to assist me,” she said.

ANC ward chairperson Andile Matshikiza said that the initiative was in line with the request by the newly elected president of the party Cyril Ramaphosa.

“We need to do more to take care of our communities. We cannot have people languishing in poverty while we have a little that we can give.”

Ngemntu is not a person of many means but she has given what she has and has set an example that we can follow,” he said.

One of the parents of the beneficiaries Nokwandisa Dangatye said that the donation came at the right time for her.

“I take care of four of my grandchildren and I am really grateful because I really did not have the money to buy the shoes” she said.

Ngemntu has called on those who would love to donate or help in her poverty alleviation efforts to come forward.

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