MNQUMA Local Municipality recently
bade farewell to Councilor Gandi Guqaza, who died earlier in the month of March
2019, after a short illness. Councilor Guqaza was serving on the municipal
council as a PR Councilor for the Economic Freedom Fighters.
The life and times of Councilor
Guqaza, who joined the Mnquma Council in 2016, shortly after the last Local
Government Elections, were celebrated through a memorial service jointly
organised by his political party and the Office of the Speaker Councilor
event, which was held at the Msobomvu Community Hall on March 6, was attended
by scores of mourners from across
the political spectrum.
He was described as a
hardworking, dedicated and humble politician who always went the extra mile in
service of his community. Community Services Portfolio
Head, Councilor Zola Layiti saluted her late colleague for his service to the
people of Mnquma Local Municipality. "I remember him as a very humble person.
He loved unity even during difficult times and he always stood for the truth,”
Guqaza, who also worked as a
policeman in his earlier days, was given a fitting send-off as mourners belted
out revolutionary songs between speakers. His son Xolisile Guqaza, conveyed his
words of appreciation to the municipality for the dignity and sensitivity with
which his father’s passing had been handled. "We thank the municipality for
sharing our grief.
The municipality has always been
willing to assist wherever we needed help. We are truly grateful ", he said.Councilor Ndyebo Skelenge said he
was saddened by the passing of his friend and colleague."It is a sad thing to lose a
valued member of Council such as Councilor but let us accept his death as the
plan of the Almighty God,” he said. The late Councilor Guqaza was buried in
Mhlanjana Village in his hometown of Ngqeleni, on March 8.