Xundu is a man the ANC cannot afford to forget – Fihla

A man of many accolades and who did much in his lifetime, was simply known as a father and a husband to his family.

Reverend Mcebisi Osman Xundu, who died last week of pneumonia was given an official provincial funeral, declared by President Jacob Zuma.

The funeral, which was held in Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton, was attended by thousands.

Among them was former first lady, Zanele Mbeki, ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe, MEC of Agriculture Mlibo Qoboshiyane, the deacons and bishops of the Anglican church, to name a few.

Thembisa Xundu, read a heartfelt obituary describing her father as a political activist to many, but simply husband to her mother and a father to his children.

“Let me assure you, the same man whose legacy you have come to celebrate today is the same man we knew in our home,” said Xundu.

She said the same values her father instilled to the nation, he instilled in his children.

Thembisa said her father was a role model and a history writer in their lives as much as he was to the nation.

ANC general secretary, Gwede Mantashe, said Rev Xundu was a revolutionary, a man who fought peace and justice.

Mantashe stressed that one cannot mention Rev Xundu without mentioning the late Rev Dube, a man who exposed the short comings of the system, for which he died for.

He described the late Xundu as a moral compass for the ANC, always appealing to God for everything.

Ben Fihla, NMB executive mayor described the late reverend as a shining light.

“Xundu is a man the ANC cannot afford to forget,” said Fihla.

He also highlighted on his total commitment to fighting crime and fighting for equality, in an exemplary way of executing his duties.

On behalf of the Eastern Cape he thanked the Xundu family for borrowing them this great man and for holding no grudges.

“We extend our deepest condolences and our hearts go out to you,” he said to family.

Fihla said Xundu always encouraged people to never under estimate the power of prayer and that he was a man of the soil and a community icon.

“Uphilile ubomi bakhe ngesidima nesithozela (he lived his life with dignity)”, he said in conclusion.

Xundu was defined as many things, Reverend Qwabaza from the South African Council of Churches (SACC), said when the reverend took his seat as the Chairman of the SACC he did what Jesus did in John 13.

“He took off his robes and washed the feet of the elected members of the SACC and those who were leaving,” said Qwabaza.

“He gave us Bible studies from a book titled Being a church in South Africa today”, he said.

He said Xundu highlighted that the church must be a form of critique, not only to critique everything around it, but to critique itself too.

This is a sentiment that people agreed with.

All these sentiments were a confirmation that Reverend Xundu was a great man that many will not forget.

Xundu was cremated and his ashes will be scattered in his place of birth Engcobo, Kwamanzana. -By Sinethemba Madolo

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