Church leader dies in lavatory

Nosakhele Ntlebi, holding the picture of her late husband, Douglas Ntlebi, who died last week, in Town Two, Khayelitsha.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko
Nosakhele Ntlebi, holding the picture of her late husband, Douglas Ntlebi, who died last week, in Town Two, Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Bishop Douglas Ntlebi of the African Reformed Church in Site C passed away last Tuesday morning, a day that was set aside for special votes.

Eunice Memani, his daughter, said the family was not certain whether his death was linked to the ballot.

“He woke up early ön the day in the hope of casting his special vote in Town Two, but was turned away, seemeingly, because he was not registered as a special voter,” said Memani.

After he was turned away, the bishop went about his chores and visited the Metro Wholesalers later in the morning.

“He was found dead in the toilet, having collapsed from unknown causes.”

It was not clear if he had registered for the special vote as stipulated by Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

Memani said her father suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.

“He was feeling very well when he left the house in the morning. We suspect that he did not take well the fact that he failed to vote.

According to her, Ntlebi,79, then drove to Metro Wholesaler where he did business operating as a goods delivery for customers.

On his arrival at the wholesaler he was seen rushing to the toilet where he apparently collapsed.

Ntlebi is survived by his wife, Nosakhele Ntlebi and six children, including numerous grandchildren.

His funeral service will take place in Cofimvaba this weekend, on Saturday.

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