05 January 2013
My heart is heavy as we mourn the loss of Mr
Joseph Dududu Mkhwanazi, the former Administrative Secretary of
the PAC. He was a remarkable leader and a man among men.
During our long liberation struggle, Joe
Mkhwanazi was exiled for 30 years, but never forgot the cause of
our country. He didn't settle for a new life somewhere else. His
heart remained in South Africa. His life's work was for the
country he loved.
Thus he became a stalwart of our liberation
struggle, never giving up, never abandoning hope. It was
difficult for all of us, both within South Africa and outside,
to wait and wait and still keep faith. But Joe did, and for that
I hold him in high esteem.
I thank God that he was able to return to
South Africa and give his contribution of leadership to our
fledgling democracy right from the start, in the KwaZulu Natal
Legislature. He immediately began working to establish a strong
democracy with the same fervour he had worked to secure it.
From the start, he worked well with the IFP,
knowing that we shared a common vision and a common goal of
peace, stability, prosperity and full liberation for all our
people. Joe was one of those who understood that we had not
arrived with the April 1994 elections. We had merely reached the
starting line at last.
Born in Empangeni, he knew the challenges of
KwaZulu Natal, but also the potential. Thus he never limited
himself to politics, but became involved in every sector of
society, giving his contribution of leadership to bring
development, improvement, betterment and growth. He was always a
force for good.
He, like many others, fostered a good working
relationship across political divides, to the benefit of the
people we all serve. The IFP will therefore mourn the loss of
this great leader, and we offer condolences to the PAC and the
Mkhwanazi family. May God comfort us all.