Former chief honoured

SELFLESS SERVICE: Former Chief Samuel Nxumalo praises caregivers after they received their community home-based care certificates. PHOTO: Benson Ntlemo
SELFLESS SERVICE: Former Chief Samuel Nxumalo praises caregivers after they received their community home-based care certificates. PHOTO: Benson Ntlemo

FORMER ANC MP Samuel Nxumalo was honoured by the community for his selfless service to the country and his leadership.

The 86-year-old Nxumalo busted Shangaan tradition in 2010 when he handed over chieftainship to his son Busa while he was still alive. He is also credited with helping to educate many local children.

The deputy chairman of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, Eric Mdabula, was one of the speakers who heaped praises on Nxumalo.

"You taught us all a good lesson when you realised that you were getting old, and instead of clinging to your chieftainship position you handed it over to someone young who will be of service to the community," saidMdabula.

Other speakers included the executive mayor of the Vhembe district municipality Tshitereke Matibe, Strike Manganyi, a motivational speaker from Munghana Lonene FM, local doctor Isaiah Ndhambi and Limpopo MEC for local government and housing Joe Maswanganyi.

The Mashobye and Magona communities under the Gidjana tribal authority, led by his son Busa, honoured Nxumalo as part of H eritage Day.

Advocate Andrew Chauke was one of the people who testified on Nxumalo's role in educating the young in his community. He told the gathering that he would not have been where he is today had it not been for Nxumalo.

"My father did not want us to go to school but the chief came to my home and forced us to go to school against our parents' will and we are now all educated in my family," said Chauke.

Nxumalo was also showered with gifts by the community, which included money and furniture.

Nxumalo said he would use the money to start a bursary trust to assist kids who did well in maths and science in their Grade 12 examinations.

"I have some funds which I have put aside for that initiative and other funds will come from donations," he said.

Nxumalo is also a former school principal, who later became a homeland leader. He was the chief minister of Gazankulu homeland before he joined the ANC.

The chief also participated in the Codesa negotiations, which ushered in a new political order in South Africa.

The new chief has vowed to follow in his father's footsteps and is now the chairman of the Vhembe House of Traditional Leaders.

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