The community of Magona village, outside Malamulele, in Limpopo is devastated following the passing of Chief Busa Magona the third Nxumalo.
Nxumalo died of COVID-19 Complications on Sunday morning.
Community members hailed him as a fair leader, who was passionate about community development.
He will be laid to rest at the village on Friday.
Hosi Nxumalo has served as the traditional prime minister of the Gaza traditional house, which seeks to be recognised as a kingdom of the Vatsonga-Machanngana people. He has also previously served as the chairperson of Contrasela in the province.
At the time of his death, he was a member of the House of Traditional Leaders in Limpopo. Family representative and chairperson of the Magona Royal house, Buku Nxumalo, says the Chief will be remembered for his commitment to unifying the Vatsonga-Machangana people.
“As a family we feel lost and at a serious hopeless situation because of the death of our leader and leader, he was able to show a way as a leader in the entire community. He was elected as a leader for the organisation that was advocating or unity among the Shangaan traditional leaders,” adds Nxumalo.
Community members Agnes Mathevula and Maria Maluleke, who are community development workers, say the community has lost a great leader who has brought several community development projects to the community.
“As a community, we lost a visionary leader who was committed to developing the village. With the job that I now do, he sought out for the community. I am deeply hurt because he was able to bring development to the village,” says one of the community members.
This as messages of condolence continue pouring in following Magona the third Nxumalo’s passing.
ANC spokesperson, Donald Selamolela, says Chief Nxumalo will be remembered for his contributions in resolving the Malamulele unrest over municipal demarcation, which later led to the formation of the Collins Chabane municipality. Magona was also instrumental in diffusing the tensions in the Vuwani area.
“We are really saddened by his passing away and we want to extend our sincere heartfelt condolences to the Gidjana nation Hosi Nxumalo was a remarkable courageous and a towering leader who devoted his life for the better life of his people” says Selamolela.
Limpopo Traditional Affairs MEC, Basikopo Makamu, and the Collins Chabane mayor Moses Maluleke, have also visited the bereaved family to pay their respects.