Ngubane's death a loss: Zuma

2012-05-18 19:17

Durban - Lawyer Mvuseni Ngubane's death was a loss is not only for his family but the entire legal profession and the country, President Jacob Zuma said in Durban on Friday.

"Ngubane played a key role in the resolution of conflicts in the taxi industry which [had] led to the deaths of many people in KwaZulu-Natal," Zuma said at Ngubane's funeral.

"He will be remembered as a mediator par-excellence, who had insight into conflict resolution."

Suicide note

Ngubane was found shot in his head at his home in Pinetown on Saturday. Police found a pistol and a suicide note next to the body.

Zuma said that after the country adopted the Constitution in 1996, Ngubane availed his services to about 150 families for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.

"He was therefore contributing in many ways to peace, democracy and the rule of law in this country. He was man who was ready to serve when called upon."

Zuma told mourners that he saw Ngubane on the morning of the day he died, and he had not shown any signs that he was contemplating suicide.

"He was his usual self, jolly and laughing. If there is anyone who owes Ngubane something it would be me, because he has given me free legal advice in the past."

Arms deal

Zuma described Ngubane as humble, "a bright legal mind who was versatile and could deal with any issues."

Ngubane was appointed secretary of the arms deal commission a few months ago.

"He would have handled this assignment as diligently as all other assignments he had been given," said Zuma.

"Advocate Ngubane was a gentleman and a true patriot, a dedicated legal practitioner who used his expertise to make a difference in the lives of many, and to take forward the transformation of our country."

Hundreds of people gathered at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre to pay their last respects to Ngubane.

They included former chief justices Pius Langa and Sandile Ngcobo, and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe.

Ngubane handled high profile cases including that of convicted drug dealer Cheryl Cwele, the wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

He served on several boards and committees. He was a former president of the Black Lawyers' Association and chaired the Law Society of SA.

He is survived by his mother, his wife, two children, and three siblings.

  • Ngaka - 2012-05-18 19:43

    Sad...very sad.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-18 19:45

    Why for the country?

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-05-18 19:47

    I am not convinced this was suicide...

  • fulufhelo.mudau - 2012-05-18 19:53

    mr president why you only see the people of kzn as fighters and only recognize them even when they are dead,u did not even open ur mouth only to say we mourn the death of mr phadagi is it because he did'nt come from kzn,but he served ur government very well at limpopo

      zwivhuyamufamadi - 2012-05-18 21:16

      Not only Mr zuma even deputy president Mr kgalema. He was attending graduation at univen but he never sad anythng abt Mr phadagi. What a disgrace frm Anc. Discrimaniting against felow black brother sucks.

  • Ben - 2012-05-18 19:53

    President Zuma depressed him that much that he took his own life?!! Wow, glad I'm not on the prez's favourites list...

  • Saamprater - 2012-05-18 19:55

    You would think that when a person was exposed to the victims of the truth commision one would turn your back on the things that caused racism. Sad

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-18 19:56

    Sad, Condolences to the Family,

      Shubi Mmapholo Modise - 2012-05-18 20:12


      Shubi Mmapholo Modise - 2012-05-18 20:13

      B. fd

      Shubi Mmapholo Modise - 2012-05-18 20:14

      }^ tftia

  • Mike - 2012-05-18 20:16

    Could it be that Jacob Zuma values people based on what they have given to him?

  • Mnguni - 2012-05-18 20:35

    May his soul rest in peace but Mr President why are u frequenting KZN so much we know it is your home province but there no way u can miss. Public events in KZN' could it be funerals'provincial conferences' handing over of houses just to mentioned the few. pls we need u most iN Pretoria or Cape Town

  • Leon - 2012-05-18 20:35

    now he must explain why he did not do his job.poor guy

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