Former President Jacob Zuma has described the late former Deputy Speaker of KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Meshack Radebe, as a strong pillar in the ANC. He was speaking during Radebe’s funeral service at eMaqongqo, outside Pietermaritzburg.
Radebe died last week.
Zuma says he will be remembered for helping foster peace between rival ANC and IFP supporters in the once troubled Mpumalanga township, outside Pietermaritzburg, during the 1980s and 90s.
“Sometimes siblings would become enemies once they are from different political parties. But Bhungane realised that, that was wrong. Bhungane was brave. He knew that it was wrong for Black people to kill one another,” the former president says.
Radebe’s funeral service in the video below:
Radebe’s family described the ANC stalwart as a peacemaker and a brave person.
His children say his passing has left a big void in their lives.
Radebe’s son, Mzomuhle Radebe, elaborates, “Dad’s passing has left a huge gap in our lives. He was a peacemaker. He was a brave person who was not afraid to speak his thoughts. What you saw in public he was like that as well at home. He’d call you if you did wrong and tell you whether you like it or not and set you straight.”
Last week, Saturday KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, said the country has lost an icon.
Zikalala expressed deep shock and sadness at the news of his passing.
“As the government of KZN, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family friends and all relatives, but also his political home the ANC. Comrade Meshack is known for working hard and establishing peace in various areas in KZN, especially around Hammersdale during the difficult time of violence. We are convinced that all of those who have learned from his leadership will emulate him and ensure that his legacy stands on.”