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Selfless struggle heroine touched and changed people's lives

By unknown | Apr 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Phakamisa Hobongwana

Phakamisa Hobongwana

Twenty five years ago, at a secret meeting to celebrate Workers Day in King Williams Town, I met this tall, dark African beauty.

I didn't realise then that Ncumisa Kondlo would grow and develop into a political giant.

She remained consistent and played a very important role in different phases of the struggle.

The meeting was organised by the Azanian Students Organisation's branch at the Lennox Sebe College of Education. Kondlo addressed the session along with other firebrands. This was at the height of all sector mobilisation and progressive alliances to isolate forces of reaction.

Kondlo offered the liberation struggle unbroken service. She served in different capacities - as a worker, youth leader, student leader and community leader.

A warm, loving, caring and considerate human being, she was always ready and happy to engage politically.

During her involvement in the South African Youth Congress (Sayco), which was later integrated into the ANCYL, she travelled between Peddie and King Williams Town daily. Sometimes she would even travel back home alone in the middle of the night because transport was a serious challenge for all of us.

Nevertheless, she attended all executive meetings without any excuse. Through her influence, we were able to establish Cosas structures in various villages in her home town.

Kondlo was always ready to dirty her hands in the mobilisation and organisation of the people. In her service, she has touched and changed many lives.

She was among the first cadres mandated to re-establish the ANC and its alliance structures inside the country after the unbanning of the organisation in 1990. She continued to play a vital role and was deployed in various senior structures of the alliance.

Her invaluable and sterling service to our revolution and our people is a testimony to her selfless dedication and zeal.

As a friend and comrade, I salute this great patriot and socialist. Kondlo will be buried tomorrow in Peddie. The service will be held at her home from 9am.


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