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‘Father figure’ councillor mourned

He was elected as the ward councillor in March 2023 after the previous councillor resigned.

Residents of Bhomela location started last Saturday with sad news, as the former principal of Makhanda High, Nkosinamandla Ndlela, also Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s (RNM) Ward 24 councillor had died after a long illness.

Heartfelt condolences from his former learners as well as community members were shared on social media.

Ndlela was described as a straight talker, a father figure, and the best principal the school had ever had.

He was also a head pastor at Bhethani Church of Christ.

On retiring from his principal’s post in 2019, Ndlela assumed the role of chairperson at ‘Umbombano’, a small trust which assists neighbouring families in the event of the death of a member.

He also served as the treasurer of the KwaNdwalane Accountability Council of Churches, an organisation that assists churches with any internal issues in the Bhomela, Bhetani, Nyandezulu, Murchison and Bhobhoyi areas.

He began his journey in education in 1978 as an unqualified Grade 7 teacher and attained his qualification in 1981 at the University of Zululand before enrolling in the BA honours programme in 1984.

The move to the South Coast came in 1998 when he took up the principal’s post, as well as an Afrikaans and Life Orientation teacher at Mkhanda.

Ndlela was elected as the ward councillor in March 2023 after the previous councillor resigned.

RNM mayor Zodwa Mzindle said that they are deeply saddened.

“Ndlela’s dedication and service to the community of Ward 24 and RNM will be greatly missed. He was a pillar of strength and a guiding force whose contributions have left an indelible mark.”

She said during this time of sorrow, their thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched.

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