Chief Ndiweni’s mother dies
THE late paramount chief Khayisa Ndiweni’s widow and mother to dethroned chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni, pictured, has died. She was 96.
Agnes Masuku died in the early hours of yesterday morning at the family homestead in Ntabazinduna, Matabeleland North Province following a short illness, the family said in a statement.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Indlovukazi yethu, uMadlenya, uZikode,uMasuku. “Gogo Masuku passed on in her sleep in the early hours of today (yesterday) after a short illness.
“She was a prayerful woman whose faith and labour had nourished society in Ntabazinduna and further afield.
“Since her children are abroad, arrangements will be made known once they have been put in place.
“May we pass our thank you and appreciation to those who assisted during her illness and all those mourning this sad loss with us,” read the statement.
Gogo Masuku was married to the late chief Khayisa Ndiweni, who also died in his sleep in August 2010 aged 97.
The family matriarch played a significant role in the ascension of her youngest son to power in 2014.
Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe’s ascendency was supported by Masuku, sister Lydia and family relative, former Bulawayo councillor and Ndiweni household spokesperson, Wilson Bancinyane Ndiweni.
Nhlanhlayamangwe was installed as the new Ntabazinduna chief in a traditional ceremony attended by hundreds of people, including chiefs from South Africa, in 2014.
He described his mother’s death as a loss not only to the Ndiweni family, but to the community at large.
“Early this (yesterday) morning, my dear mother, Indlovukazi uMadlenya, uZikode, uMasuku of Ntabazinduna passed on.
“The loss to our family and community is immeasurable! Mourners are gathered at her homestead in Ntabazinduna,” Chief Ndiweni wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.