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News in brief - Date: 10 July 2020
Written by: Silas Nduvheni / Viewed: 1096
The Vhembe District Municipality (VDM), Thulamela Local Municipality and Collins Chabane Local Municipality are mourning the death of the former Speaker of the VDM, the Chief Whip of Thulamela and now Exco member for Collins Chabane, Cllr Mavuyisi Fungheni, last Thursday.
Fungheni (63) was regarded as a gallant fighter, a veteran in the struggle against apartheid and had become involved in the struggle for liberation as an underground operator before the unbanning of the political parties in 1990.
Family spokesperson and son of the deceased Mr Emmanuel Fungheni said that his mother had later become disabled, after she had lost both her legs. He said that his mother had died last Thursday in her house in Malamulele Section B of natural causes.
“She always said that being disabled does not mean unable and never hid herself at home. We used to push her to work at the Collins Chabane offices and political meetings,” he said.
The ANC Vhembe region said it had learnt with a shock of the death of Fungheni. According to spokesperson Mr Tshifhiwa Dali, Fungheni had also served as councillor for Ward 23 in Malamulele Township and her tireless commitment had made the organization deploy her as Exco member for Thulamela Municipality. “She was among the few comrades who served Vhembe District as Speaker and Thulamela Municipality as Chief Whip,” added Dali.
She left four children, Emmanuel, Edward, Emelda and Rihadzhu, and she was buried on Thursday in Malamulele Township’s graveyard.
Cllr Mavuyisi Fungheni.