Trib­utes pour in for ‘spir­i­tual war­rior’

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ZINGISA MVUMVU

TRIB­UTES flooded in yes­ter­day as the prov­ince learnt of the death of for­mer King Sa­bata Dalindyebo mayor and ANC re­gional sec­re­tary Siyakholwa Mlamli.

Mlamli was de­scribed as a “fear­less free­dom fighter and spir­i­tual war­rior”.

The 49-year-old politi­cian died Wed­nes­day evening af­ter he col­lapsed at home.

O R Tambo mayor No­makhosazana Meth, the Congress for South African Trade Unions and the SACP ex­pressed shock and sad­ness at Mlamli’s sud­den pass­ing.

Meth said Mlamli’s death was felt not only by his fam­ily but by all those in O R Tambo, who he served for the bet­ter part of his life in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties.

Cosatu provin­cial sec­re­tary Xolani Malam­lela said Mlamli’s death would leave a lead­er­ship void in the al­liance, both in O R Tambo and the prov­ince, as he had con­trib­uted im­mensely to en­sur­ing unity be­tween mass demo­cratic move­ment (MDM) struc­tures.

The SACP said Mlamli would be missed for his re­lent­less fight against graft and re­lated ten­den­cies within the ANC.

While serv­ing in the KSD coun­cil Mlamli was one of only a hand­ful of vo­cal coun­cil­lors whose con­tri­bu­tion sel­dom re­ceived neg­a­tive re­marks from the op­po­si­tion.

Said Meth: “Com­rade Mlamli was a fear­less free­dom fighter and tire­less spir­i­tual war­rior whose en­tire life was ded­i­cated to serv­ing the peo­ple, his move­ment the ANC and God the Almighty.”

Cosatu’s Malam­lela said work­ers were deeply sad­dened by the loss of a “cred­i­ble and tried and tested” leader like Mlamli.

SACP provin­cial spokesman Siya Mdodi said Mlamli was not in pol­i­tics for his own ben­e­fit, un­like many lead­ers to­day. “The SACP in the prov­ince will re­mem­ber com­rade Mlamli for his crit­i­cal voice against the rot in the move­ment.”

At the time of his pass­ing, Mlamli was the of­fice man­ager in O R Tambo district deputy mayor Robert Nogumla’s of­fice. —

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