Ons is dit verskuldig aan Kouga se mense

2018-06-28 06:02

MEER as 1000 mense het op 23 April by Mentorskraal saamgekom om hulde te bring aan Kouga se ontslape burgemeester, Elza van Lingen.

Van Lingen is op 19 April aan kanker oorlede.

Die DA se nasionale leier, Mmusi Maimane, het die ontslape leier geprys vir die wyse waarop sy mense geïnspireer het en die impak wat sy gemaak het.

“Sy was ongelooflik pligsgetrou. Kouga het nie net ‘n burgemeester verloor nie, maar ook ‘n moeder, en die DA het ‘n skitterende ster verloor wat geweet het wat dit beteken om die gemeenskap te dien.”

Kouga se munisipale bestuurder, Charl du Plessis, het haar geprys vir haar ongelooflike werksetiek.

“Selfs toe die einde naby was, was sy duidelik oor wat sy van ons verwag wat sou agter bly. Haar woorde aan my was: “Sit my dood agter die rug en gaan voort met dit wat gedoen moet word. Daar is baie werk wat nog voorlê. Ons is dit verskuldig aan Kouga se mense.”

‘We owe it to the people of Kouga’

MORE than 1000 mourners gathered at Mentor’s Country Estate outside Jeffreys Bay in April to bid farewell to Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen.

Van Lingen passed away on 19 April after a long battle with cancer.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane described Kouga’s late Mayor as “inspirational and impactful”.

“She had a strong sense of duty and showed profound courage with a raging disease. Kouga has not just lost a Mayor, it has lost a mother and the DA has lost a shining star who knew what it meant to be a public servant.”

Kouga Municipal Manager Charl du Plessis praised Van Lingen for her incredible work ethic.

“Even when the end was nearing, she was strong and clear about what she wanted from those of us who remained.

“Her words to me were: ‘Get over it and get on with the job at hand. There is a lot of work to be done. We owe it to the people of Kouga’.”

“Sinetyala kubantu baseKouga”

“KUNGAPHAYA kwewaka labazili abathe bangungelana e-Mentors Country Estate, eJeffreys Bay ngomhla we 23 April, ukuza kuthi ndlela-ntle kuSodolophu waseKouga uElza van Lingen.

“U-Van Lingen ubhubhe ngomhla we-19 April emva kwedabi elide nomhlaza.

Phakathi kwabahloniphekileyo ebebekho kule nkonzo ibiyiNkokheli ye-DA uMmusi Maimane, omchaze lo ongasekhoyo “njengoyinkuthazo nonezingqi ezivakalayo.”

“IKouga ayiphulukenenga nje noSodolophu, koko iphulukene noMama, kwaye i-DA iphulukene nenkwenkwezi yayo ekhazimlayo ebisazi ukuba kuyintoni ukumela abantu.”

UManejala kaMasipala uCharl du Plessis yena uye wambonga ngokuthanda umsebenzi.

“Amazwi akhe kum, mhla endityhilela ngesiphelo sakhe; wathi: “Yeka ukutefa wenze umsebenzi lo. Kuninzi ekufuneka kwenziwe. Oko kubafanele abantu baseKouga’.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Our top picks for doggo post of the week

All the best social media shared posts about our favourite furry friends!



Meet the unstoppable two-legged cat taking over the interwebs!
10 foods you should NEVER feed your dog!
Pet owners are spending thousands on animal birthday parties! Here’s why…
WOOF Project: The pop-up dog adoption station
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.