Ma-Ntuli goes to rest

HAMBA KAHLE: Ma-Ntuli's casket is carried to her final resting place. PICTURE BY MfisoDIGITAL

The heroic leader of the ANC and its women wing structure Bongi Maria Ntuli has gone to rest.

Ma-Ntuli was laid to rest at the Emagesini cemetery in her hometown of Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga on Saturday during a special official funeral declared by president Jacob Zuma.

She died on 22 October 2016 of congestive heart failure at the age of 76.

Her funeral at a big tent erected outside her Kwaggafontein home was attended by tens of hundreds and was hailed and wished a ‘hamba kahle’ by the people she led and the ones she led with in government, ANC and church.

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ANC woman’s league President Bathabile Dlamini told mourners Ma-Ntuli was the most disciplined member of the ANCWL and committed government department head she ever worked with.

According to her obituary, MaNtuli was appointed one of the two deputy ministers of the department of trade and industry by President Jacob Zuma when he took over as head of state in 2009 and served as deputy minister of the department of social development.

”MaNtuli was very disciplined. And therefore I told myself I’m not going to speak about everything that is happening out there in the country.

‘But the only that I will talk about is [that] at all times she worked for the ANC and was a humble servant of the people,’ said Dlamini to the tens of hundreds of mourners.

(Edited by ZK)

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