Zuma heartbroken at Mashaba's death

2015-07-15 22:01
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Durban - President Jacob Zuma is heartbroken at the death of KwaZulu-Natal deputy mayor Thulani Mashaba, whom he said would sometimes visit him at Nkandla.

Mashaba died in a car accident in Ballito last Thursday.

In a moving tribute at Mashaba's memorial on Wednesday, Zuma said it was difficult to accept that he was gone.

“I was in Russia attending the Brics summit when I got a message that Thulani had died," said Zuma.

"When I heard that, I questioned what had happened because he wasn’t sick. I thought of three things that could have happened: A heart attack, that he had been killed or that he had been in an accident. It was later confirmed that he was involved in a car accident in Durban."

Zuma was addressing hundreds of ANC members who had gathered at the Umfolozi FET College in Esikhaleni just outside Richards Bay for Mashaba's memorial.

The who’s who of the ruling party descended on KwaZulu-Natal to pay tribute to Mashaba who was also the ANC chairperson of the Musa Dladla region.

“Mashaba would visit me at my home in Nkandla and he would tell me what was happening in the region,” said Zuma to loud cheers.

“You can tell a person’s future by their work and the way they carried themselves. Thulani was a hard-working man who was raised in the ANC. Thulani loved his work and he loved people. He was very approachable unlike other leaders today who become big-headed once they hold a position. Thulani was not that."

Zuma went on to say that he was told Mashaba's car had flown off the road in the accident.

"And I heard that the wheels had also been detached from the vehicle," he said.

While God's timing should not be questioned, ANC members should remember and celebrate his deeds, said Zuma.

Zuma urged the ANC to learn from Mashaba.

“The spear has fallen. We must pick it up. There are a lot of leaders who start in the ANCYL but do not end up in the mother body. Mashaba was all about unity. He did not pretend and he spoke his mind.”

Zuma said the ANC would always remember him for his good deeds.

He said while he would not be able to attend the funeral, he wanted to pay his respects to the family.

“We are thankful for his deeds in the Youth League and as the leader of the Musa Dladla region."

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