Pietermaritzburg City Hall: Thursday, 14 January 2010
This is a sombre occasion when we mourn the
passing on of our beloved colleague. His untimely death sent shock
waves throughout the province and the country. Those whose lives
were touched by his warmth of spirit and cordiality could not
believe that he has been called to higher office.
On this occasion I honour the life and work of a
cabinet colleague who dedicated his time and skills to the service
of the people of KwaZulu-Natal. Inkosi Ngubane served in our cabinet
from February 1999 to April 2004. I shared with him the challenges
and tribulations that confronted our party in a coalition
Inkosi Ngubane was assigned responsibilities over
three demanding portfolios, namely Local Government and Traditional
Affairs, and Safety and Security. As a committed and conscientious
worker he provided political leadership to his portfolios and
unstinting support to his colleagues and subordinates.
As line function Minister of Safety and Security
he laid a solid foundation for peace and reconciliation between the
province’s two major political parties during difficult times of
strife and violence. His personality stood him in good stead in
promoting peace and reconciliation in conflict situations.
We owe it to him that community policing forums
were established in our province. Inkosi Ngubane likewise initiated
the following projects in the Department of Local Government and
Traditional Affairs: rural development; the launch of the training
programme to empower traditional authorities in partnership with the
University of Zululand; and building of the traditional service
Our deceased colleague contributed immensely to
the realisation of the goals the IFP set out to achieve in
government. His willingness and readiness to undertake difficult
government duties strengthened the IFP team. We all stood together
when our fragile administration was under siege. Together we
withstood the buffeting winds of the floor-crossing hurricane.
I salute an honest broker, an industrious
colleague, supporter and wise counsellor. You acquitted yourself
admirably, Nomafu, as acting provincial Premier whenever I was out
of the country on official business. You have left your footprints
in the sands of time. We shall miss your Undlunkulu and members of
the family. We understand the impact of the loss of the head of the
family the Inkosi of KwaZashuke Traditional Authority.
Rest in peace Nomafu. You fought a good fight. You
deserve eternal rest.
Dr Bonginkosi Buthelezi, 082 516 0156,
Dr Lionel Mtshali, 078 302 0929