Mbombela loses a cadre

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The Mbombela municipality in Mpumalanga is mourning the death of Thembeni Gertrude Manana, who died this week after a long illness.

Born on December 25 1966 in Elandshoek, Manana started her education at Entabamhlophe Primary before proceeding to Lihawu Secondary in Pienaar.

She worked at the Malaga Hotel for three years, followed by another year in the Working For Water project before running her own business for about five years.

Her political involvement started in 1986 while she was still at high school. She was a founding member of the first ANC branch at Ngodwana in 1995. She served the movement in various positions throughout her life.

At the time of her death, Manana was branch treasurer in Elandshoek.

She was also chairman of the ANC Women's League in the area. She served on committees such as the school governing body, ward committee and the community policing forum.

Manana was a committed cadre of the movement regardless of whatever structure she served in.

After last year's local government elections, she was deployed to the Mbombela local municipality until she succumbed to ill health on July 9. She is survived by her four children.

She will be buried tomorrow at the Clau-Clau Cemetery after a service at the Clau-Clau community hall at 6.30am.