For Immediate Release
07 November 2020
KWAZULU-NATAL LEGISLATURE MOURNS THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF ITS DEPUTY SPEAKER, MR MLULEKI NDOBE
Today, 7 November 2020 we woke up to the heart-rending news of the untimely passing of KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Deputy Speaker, Mr Mluleki Ndobe. He passed away at his Durban home yesterday evening. He had been unwell for some time.
With his passing, our legislature and indeed the entire country has lost an upright leader, a deep thinker, and a true servant of the people. In this hour of grief, we find comfort in knowing that Mr Ndobe leaves behind a rich legacy for all of us to emulate.
Mr Ndobe, a teacher by profession, joined the legislature at the beginning of the 6th term in 2019 after having successfully served as the Mayor of Harry District Municipality.
Because of his outstanding leadership traits, it did not take long for Mr Ndobe to fully grasp every facet of the legislative sector. His rare qualities earned him tremendous respect among his peers.
This is not surprising because throughout his life, Ndobe performed extraordinary deeds in various structures and domains he served in. These include the local sphere of government, the Congress of South African Students, the African National Congress Youth League and the African National Congress (ANC).
In recognising his leadership qualities, his organisation, the ANC, elected him to serve as the ANC Regional Chairperson in Harry Gwala region and later as the ANC Provincial Deputy Secretary.
At the time of his death, he was a member of the crucial ANC Provincial Working Committee. His colleagues at the legislature also saw it fit to make him the institution’s second in command.
Ndobe belonged to the generation of leaders who dedicated their lives to serving the people with distinction. That is why he continued to offer his services to the people of KwaZulu-Natal even during the time when he was ill.
He will be missed for his ability to unite members of the legislature across the political spectrum towards a common goal.
He will also be remembered for his love for education. After obtaining his education degree, he continued to broaden his horizons and received an MBA at Mancosa. He was reading towards his doctorate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Mr Ndobe also represented the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature in the legislative sector’s Pension Fund Board where he also served as the Deputy Chairperson. His duties in the legislature included capacity building, members affairs and discipline.
On behalf of the legislature community, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Ndobe family, his friends and the organisation he represented in the legislature. May his revolutionary soul rest in peace.
Details of the funeral will be communicated after the legislature has engaged with the family.
ISSUED BY KWAZULU-NATAL LEGISLATURE SPEAKER NONTEMBEKO BOYCE
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Office of the Speaker Media Liaison
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