Service for party stalwart Faith Gasa

By Chris Jenkins Time of article published Aug 12, 2005

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IFP leaders in KwaZulu-Natal and local party members and supporters burst into song and dance in the University of Zululand chapel on Thursday night in celebration of the life of party stalwart Faith Gasa, who died in Richards Bay last week aged 60.

Leaders from across the political spectrum in KZN gathered at the university to pay tribute to the former provincial education minister, who died two months after the death of her husband, Enoch Gasa.

Among those who spoke at the memorial service were KwaZulu-Natal Premier S'bu Ndebele and IFP Secretary-General Rev Musa Zondi.

Provincial DA leader Roger Burrows said Gasa had been at the forefront of the struggle to make South Africa non-racial.

Burrows, who was secretary-general of the Natal Teachers' Society when he first met Gasa in the 1980s, described her as a friend who was totally straightforward and a person who bubbled with warmth.

"Her convictions were strong. You were not going to sway her when she was committed to the values and principles she upheld politically, religiously and in her personal life. She spoke out and she had courage, and for that we all respect and salute her."

Environment Affairs and Tourism Minister Narend Singh said it would provide strength to Gasa's family to know that their mother was well loved and appreciated by all with whom she came into contact.

Ndebele said it was appropriate that Thursday's service was taking place at UniZul, where both Gasa and her husband made their mark.

Gasa's funeral will be held in Empangeni on Saturday.

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