Tributes continue to pour in for IFP councillor in Umvoti Municipality, Mbangiseni Yengwa, who died after a long illness.
The former IFP provincial chair was constantly in and out of hospital before his death on Sunday.
ANC secretary in the Inkosi Bhambatha Region, Bheki Lembethe, described Yengwa as a peace negotiator who had always been a community servant.
“As the ANC in Inkosi Bhambatha Region we are deeply saddened by the ultimate passing of councillor Yengwa. He was one of our leaders in Umvoti who have displayed political maturity on matters of community development,” said Lembethe.
Yengwa previously served as mayor of uMzinyathi District for two terms. He also served as a speaker for Umvoti Municipality.
Abantu Batho Congress leader Philani “PG”Mavundla said: “Yengwa was a seasoned politician. He was friendly as a councillor — normally councillors get too aloof once they are councillors. Even when he was a district mayor you always knew he will answer your call when you call him, unlike other leaders.”
Mayor of uMzinyathi District Municipality Petros Ngubane, who was Yenga’s friend, said they both joined the IFP and rose through the ranks until Yengwa became the mayor of uMzinyathi District in 2000. “… We worked together at Indlovini Regional Council from 1995 to 1996. In 2000 we joined Umvoti Municipality. During his tenure at uMzinyathi District, service delivery was his main priority.”
Yengwa will be buried at his home in Hermannsburg on Saturday.