Late ex-PM gave unconditionally - Rev Gladys
The late former Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Dlamini was a very giving man and never warranted for his benevolent gestures to be known in public.
This is how Dlamini will be remembered at his church, the Bhekinkhosi Nazarene Church in the Manzini region, where he was a staunch congregant. Bhekinkhosi Nazarene congregation leader, Reverend Gladys Dlamini yesterday described the deceased as a person who liked his church and this was proved that after becoming the country’s Prime Minister, he never rejected his church for another one in the capital city, but continued to praise the Lord with them at the rural Bhekinkhosi.
In a telephone conversation from Ndzingeni, the Reverend said as a result the church grew to be well known countrywide because of the former PM’s decision to stay with them.
“We’re hurting a lot as a church. He was not only a Prime Minister to us, but an important member of the church. He very much liked his church and as members we learnt a lot from him. For instance, while he would pay his tithes religiously, he went an extra mile to give to those in need. Many might not know this side of because he never went public to announce when he had given, but he did it out of his good heart,” said Reverend Dlamini.
The Reverend went on to appreciate how the deceased respected him as a female reverend yet he was a much respected figure in the country.
She said Dlamini also taught them how to keep time. The church service starts at 9:30am, he would always arrived early despite having had to drive all the way from Mbabane and through a bumpy road to Bhekinkhosi.
“Bengitivela nginemahloni ngendlela bekangihlonipha ngayo,” she added while emphasising in vernacular how the former PM respected her for her position in the church. The Reverend stressed that they had lost an important member of the church that had done a lot for the congregation.