On Saturday 7 June 2014, South Africa we woke up to the saddening news of the passing of one the veterans of our liberation struggle, Mama Epainette Nomaka Mbeki, mother of former President Thabo Mbeki and wife of the late and distinguished freedom fighter, Mr. Govan “Oom Gov” Mbeki.
On behalf of Amathole District Municipality (ADM) Council, Management and Staff, we would like to extend our deeply felt condolences to the Mbeki family and all those affected by her passing.
Ma Mbeki as was affectionally known to many, hailed from the rivers and the rich soil of Mbhashe Local Municipality (LM), the biggest LM of the rural ADM. She was undoubtedly the pride and a legend of Amathole. Her ethos and uncompromising principles were rooted on ‘Vuk’ukuzenzele’, a brainchild of the late Tata Nelson Mandela.
She was a beacon of hope to the rural communities of Amathole and beyond. She successfully mobilized rural women and communities into small businesses and agricultural co-operatives, with a sole aim of fighting poverty and unemployment. We have indeed lost a distinguished community builder, an activist, a true and proud South African citizen.
May Ma Mbeki’s wisdom with which she led, and the lessons she so generously shared, continue to guide and inspire us all eternally.
We will forever be grateful and indebted to this noble stalwart for her passion, compassion and love that she had for the people of Ngcingwane, Mbhashe, Amathole, the Eastern Cape and South Africa.
The best tribute we can make as the District is to ensure that we continue her legacy by getting involved in the projects that were dear to her heart and finish what she started.
This we will do through the Mbhashe Local Municipality and other stakeholders. We will also continue and intensify our duties of bringing water and sanitation in rural areas, as she would have expected.
Siyabulela Mama wethu, ngokusithanda, ngobubele bakho, nange ntsebenzo yakho engumMangaliso.
Siyabulela ngokuthi uzenze idini, uthi nokuba ibifanele ukuba ugcakamele ilanga unabile uphumle, usuke uxhabashe ugabadele uhambele iintsapho zase Amathole, umaphikana unjalo.
Sibulela nakwi khaya lika Mbeki, ngokuthi lisinikezele ngesisikhukukazi, lingasivimbi koko lisivumele ukuba sincance njengokuba senzile.
Wanga ungaphula ngoxolo.
Sohlala sikuthanda kwaye sikukhumbula.