Ndwedwe – As the province mourns another loss in traditional leadership, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs paid a visit to the family of the late Inkosi Mehlosizwe Shangase of the Shangase Traditional Council in Ndwedwe. This visit is in line with our long-standing tradition of offering emotional support to grieving families of Amakhosi. We were joined by the leadership of Ndwedwe Local Municipality, Mayor Samuel Mfeka and his Deputy Zandile Siwety who worked closely with Inkosi Shangase on various community programmes.
Inkosi Shangase, 52, who ascended to the throne in the year 2000, passed away on Monday after a brief illness. The department extends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, the Shangase Traditional Council, and the royal family, to which all Amakhosi belong.
Inkosi Shangase was not only a dedicated leader within his role as Inkosi but also displayed a deep concern for the issues affecting his community. He served as a member of the Social Development, Economic Development, and Health Portfolio Committee under the local House of Ilembe District.
We express our sincere gratitude to the family for allowing Inkosi to serve the people. We wish them strength during this difficult period. Inkosi was dedicated, and he ardently desired to see his community progress.
The department is working closely with the family to prepare for the send-off of Inkosi Shangase. The family has confirmed October 15, 2023 as the date when Inkosi Shangase will be laid to rest in Ndwedwe.