KZN Cogta mourns the passing of female Inkosi Thandi Khumalo
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DURBAN - The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) department has issued a message of condolence following the passing of Inkosi Thandi Ruth Khumalo of the Abantungwa Kholwa Traditional Community.
According to KZN Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka, the 53-year-old passed away following a long illness on Tuesday.
Hlomuka, who was shocked and saddened, said her passing was tragic
He said the news of her passing has sent shock waves across the institution of traditional leadership within the province
“As a department, we are lost for words, Inkosi Khumalo served her community with distinction.
“As a member of the uThukela Local House of Traditional Leaders, she fostered improved relations between the three spheres of government and the institution of traditional leadership to the benefit of communities residing in the District,” said Hlomuka.
As a female Inkosi, Hlomuka said she lent her voice to the cause of rural women and championed programmes.
He stated that the programmes were aimed at uplifting women and the fight against the scourge of gender-based violence.
Hlomuka also dispatched senior officials to support the family during this difficult time.
The incident comes a month after the passing of another traditional leader, Inkosi Sipho Mahlangu who passed away last month.