29 August 2021
KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka today joined mourners in paying tribute to the fallen Inkosi Thandekile Ruth Khumalo (53) at an emotional sending off ceremony hosted at the residence of the Inkosi in Driefontein, Ladysmith.
Inkosi Khumalo led her traditional community since 2001, following the passing of her husband - the late Inkosi Ndabezitha Mzilikazi. Hlomuka has hailed her as a brave leader who selflessly served her people.
"In our engagements with Inkosi, she was always accommodating and wanted to see the community developed. She was a firm believer in the power of education. She wanted to see her people educated and the area developed," said Hlomuka.
Inkosi Khumalo's passing leaves a deep void within the institution of traditional leadership in the province. As a female Inkosi, she strengthened many other female amakhosi and was a generally acknowledged fountain of wisdom to them.
The Chairperson of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders Inkosi Chiliza has encouraged the traditional community to band together and preserve the legacy of their late leader. "The rich teachings and lessons she gave to those who sought her counsel will forever be cherished," said Chiliza.
_Issued by the department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs_