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The CHDM is overcome with a deep sense of sadness on the sudden passing of Cllr Nyameka Goniwe, a selfless being and the wife of the late struggle stalwart Mathew Goniwe. Cllr Goniwe passed on after a short illness and her passing marks one of the most painful moments in our district. We are indeed thankful that we had a privilege to be part of her life and words are not adequate to explain the loss of this gentle soul.

On behalf of Chris Hani district Municipality, we offer our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to her children Nobuzwe and Nyaniso and their beloved family at this difficult moment. We also extend our deepest sympathy to the community of Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality which Cllr Goniwe has worked with for so many years. We have lost a colleague, a friend, a great leader and a patriot whose life was dedicated for the betterment of others.

Cllr Goniwe joined local government ranks in 2011 as the Executive Mayor of Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality and became her representative at CHDM for the full term. In 2016 she became a full time councillor in the district where she served in the Municipal Public Accounts Committee and later as the Member of the Mayoral Committee and was elected as the Portfolio Committee for Health and Community Services before she was redeployed back to Inxuba Yethemba Municipality as a Council Speaker where she met her untimely death.

As we mourn her passing, we are reminded of her humanity, respect and immense loyalty to the cause of the people. Her first concern was never for herself but always for her community, how she could make our district and her locality a better place for every family living there and every individual passing through. We know we speak for many others when we say we came to appreciate, respect and love Sisi Nyami for the helpful, supportive, and caring friend and leader that she was. She always put others first and we benefited greatly from her friendship.

Cllr Goniwe was the type of person that you would want to be your neighbour, your best friend and your speaker. The immense courage that Cllr Goniwe showed in the most difficult days of our struggle inspired and sustained so many throughout the darkest of times in our communities. Her courage was quiet yet unyielding. It drew its strength from the unshakeable bonds of family, friendship and community that she served all her life.

We have lost a pioneer, a trailblazer and a woman of extraordinary fortitude who paved the way for the democracy we all enjoy today. She will be greatly missed by so many around the country and beyond and will remain long in our hearts.

May your soul rest in peace.

Cllr Wongama Gela
Executive Mayor – CHDM