CONDOLENCES CONTINUE TO POUR IN FOR MAMBEKI’S DEATH
By: Thobele Nzama
South Africa still mourns the loss of Epainette Mbeki who died at East London Hospital on Saturday morning at the age of 98.
Mbeki, who is affectionately known as MaMbeki, was admitted to hospital following repertory problems two weeks ago.
President Jacob Zuma in a statement said: “Words are not adequate to explain the sad loss of this mother of our nation. We wish to express, on behalf of government and all South Africans, our deepest condolences and the nation’s solidarity with the Mbeki family at this hour.”
Prominent as well as ordinary South Africans took to Twitter to express their condolences.
Public Protector, advocate Thuli Madonsela wrote: “To Former President Mbeki, Moeletsi Mbeki and Family, we say the sun has set on another life well lived. South Africa Mourns with you #MaMbeki”
IFP President, Mangosuthu Buthelezi wrote: “#MaMbeki was a pioneering woman leader. Condolence to entire Mbeki family.”
Although many are sadden by the loss of the ANC stalwart, others chose to look at it from a positive perspective. IG: Malzbala wrote “98 is a great innings. I should be so lucky. #MaMbeki #RIP”
And @sentlese wrote: “Longevity was her greatest gift. #RIP #MaMbeki”
Mother to Thabo and Moeletsi Mbeki, MaMbeki was a political activist in her own right. She was the second woman to be a member of the SACP and also took great pride in her accolades. These included Community Builder of the Year award, a NAFCOC founder member award, a Transkei chamber stalwart award, the King Cetshwayo African Image Award and the Eastern Cape arts and culture award for Khanyisa.
The Mbeki family in a statement said that the funeral will take place at the family home in Ngcingwane, Idutywa, Eastern Cape on Saturday June 14, 2014.