ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
01 June 2016
 
Mayor Sends Condolences to the Family of Mama Lulu Dube
 
EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo has expressed his sincere condolences to the Dube family and friends during this difficult time following the sad news of the passing of Mama Lulu Dube.
 
Nxumalo visited the Dube family today, 1 June 2016, to offer his support.
 
Dube was the only surviving child of Dr John Langalibalele Dube, a pioneer of the liberation struggle and the first president of the African National Congress (ANC).
 
Dube, who was 84, passed away at a Durban hospital on Friday last week.
 
“We pray for strength for her family during this time. We acknowledge the contribution she and the Dube family made to achieve a democratic South Africa. May her soul rest in peace,” Nxumalo said.
 
A memorial service will be held at The Durban Playhouse at 2pm tomorrow, 2 June 2016, at the Opera Theatre to honour the life of Mama Dube.
 
A funeral service will be at the Ohlange Institute on Saturday, 04 June 2016, at 10am.
 
Members of the media are invited to attend both services. Dube will be buried alongside her parents within the grounds of the Ohlange Institute.
 
The contribution of the Dube family and Mama Dube’s role for liberation in the country has not gone unnoticed.
 
Langa Dube, grandson of Dr John Langalibalele Dube said while the family was going through a difficult time, they appreciated the support from all spheres of government including President Jacob Zuma, ANC leadership in the province and region as well as Mayor James Nxumalo.
 
“This is a difficult time for our family. We miss Mama Lulu’s warmth and the link she was in the family. She played a major role in this family and the community at large. We hope to continue her legacy especially regarding early childhood development which she was passionate about,” Dube said.
 
He described Mama Dube as a meditator and catalyst of peace.
 
“She was actively involved during the time when there was political unrest in the community. Her passion was to see children being developed and assisting them wherever she could. We should continue to show love and offer assistance to everyone in her memory,” Dube said.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
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