Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize received a rousing welcome when he delivered the Reverend Khoza Elliot Mgojo Memorial Lecture at Mvubukazi Mission in Umzimkhulu last Saturday.The first lecture mission was to celebrate the memory of the late Mgojo, who worked tirelessly when he was appointed by then President Nelson Mandela as a Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Mgojo was born and bred at Mvubukazi rural village, near Umzimkhulu town, and he led the Methodist Church of South Africa for many years in different areas of South Africa. He was also a political activist who fought against the apartheid government. Mgojo passed away in 2012. Mgojo was among the people who played a pivotal role when Umzimkhulu incorporated into KwaZulu Natal from the Eastern Cape Province in 2006. Mkhize described Revered Mgojo as an outstanding scholar, a devout pastor, spiritual leader, humanitarian, political and social activist, and a peacemaker. “Reverend Mgojo believed that the church should work in harmony with indigenous ways of worship and culture, and accept practices such as polygamy,” said Mkhize.The event was attended by Harry Gwala District Mayor Mluleki Ndobe, Ubuhlebezwe Municipality Mayor Zamo Nxumalo, and Methodist Church of South Africa members wearing their regalia. “During the days of political violence in KZN, he was among the church leaders who formed the Natal Church Leader’s Group, whose main goal was to bring peace in the province, and he became the first chairperson of this group.“When we laid him to rest, we were in one spirit that his name will remain our inspiration, a shining beacon to guide and overcome diseases, poverty, unemployment, violence against women and children, and all forms of unjustified intolerance,” said Mkhize. Harry Gwala District Municipality Mayor Mluleki Ndobe said they decided to honour Mgojo because they believe they have not yet done well to honour him.“During the fight against the apartheid government he buried a lot of leaders in South Africa and, as a result, today we are enjoying freedom and peace largely because of him,” said Ndobe.Methodist Church of South Africa, Clarkebury District’s Reverend Superintendent Sonwabile Vava described Mgojo as a person who loved his church until the day he died.