Miki believed in fighting apartheid from within

Michael Thembile Nohashe, 58, was a family man who loved his people.

Michael Thembile Nohashe, 58, was a family man who loved his people.

Miki, as he was affectionately known, had battled ill-health for four years. Everyone who loved him had hoped that a matching kidney donor would be found.

Born in eBhofolo on June 9 1948, he died in the early hours of February 23 at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth.

He received his primary school education at Dorrington Primary. He went on to study at Lovedale College in Alice, but had to leave. He then started working at Tower Mental Hospital in Fort Beaufort.

Nohashe married Nomzi in 1973.

In 1983 he had to return to eBhofolo because his mother, Boniswa, died. Because he believed in fighting apartheid from within, he announced his candidacy, and became mayor in 1984.

As a council representative in KwaZakhele Township, he served his community with distinction.

They were tough times being a mayor because most black people opposed such appointments.

Nohashe relinquished his position in 1992 . He moved his family to Overbaakens in Port Elizabeth and became an insurance broker. But he kept up with politics by making sure that the council was accountable to the people.

In 2003 Nohashe's health started failing. Both his kidneys were diseased and he needed a donor. As serious as the situation was, he joked about "bribing" relatives to donate a kidney.

Nohashe leaves behind his wife, children, brother Mondli and two grandchildren. He will be buried tomorrow at KwaDubu Cemetery. The service starts at 10am at the Cape College of Education.