- Thembekile Luthuli-Ngobese passed away recently
- She was the youngest daughter of the late anti-apartheid stalwart Chief Albert Luthuli
- Leaders have paid tribute to her as a lifelong activist
Tributes have flooded in for Thembekile Luthuli-Ngobese, who passed away recently aged 79 after a short admission in hospital.
Luthuli-Ngobese was the youngest daughter of the late anti-apartheid stalwart, Nobel Peace Laureate, and ANC leader Chief Albert Luthuli.
She was laid to rest on 17 December in Groutville, north of Durban. The cause of her death was brain aneurysm, SABC News reports.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize remembered Luthuli-Ngobese's role in the freedom and anti-apartheid struggle.
He also applauded her lifelong activism aimed at uplifting poor communities:
She became the champion of the poor, working to develop skills as she understood that true freedom comes through economic empowerment of the majority.
The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal also praised Luthulu-Ngobese's community activism. Provincial spokesperson Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu said:
Like her father, Cde Thembekile was a great philanthropist, teacher and giver. She molded many women headed households that were left without father figures after their husbands were taken to work in the mines.
Luthuli-Ngobese left behind five daughters, 18 grandchildren and 2 great grand-children.
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