SADTU and Gxulu mourn leader

The principal that was also the Chairman of SADTU in the Eastern Cape, Thabile Kunene from Xilinxa in Ngqamakhwe, died after a brief illness this week. PICTURE: ANC Facebook

Thabile Kunene, a former chairman of SADTU in the Eastern Cape and the former principal of Gxulu Junior Secondary School in Mthatha, was remembered during a memorial service held on Thursday at Unitra in the Great Hall, Mthatha. The sudden death of Kunene was reported by COSATU.

According to the report, Kunene began working for the Department of Education in 1992, making improvements to the pupils at the schools where he was teaching.

Kunene is described as a humble leader who works hard and is a firm believer in the education of black children. The deceased leader was decorated because he was a member of SADTU, COSATU, SACP, and ANC.

Kunene’s outstanding work was acknowledged by Fundile Gade, the Eastern Cape’s MEC for Education. Gade also expressed his condolences to the Kunene family. The memorial service at Unitra in Mthatha included the MEC.

COSATU Eastern Cape Secretary Mkhawuleli Maleki laments the loss of their comrade Kunene, who he describes as a model leader who is humble and assured in the job he is doing and the work he has started.

“We would like to use this opportunity to send our condolences to his family and colleagues. May his soul rest in peace. Farewell, Mchenge,” Maleki said.

In addition to serving as the SADTU branch’s secretary in Xhorha and Gabada, Kunene also served as the ANC’s chairman in King Sabatha Dalindyebo and O.R. Tambo.

He will be buried in Ngqamakhwe’s Xilinxa village on April 29.

Additionally, the ANC in the Eastern Cape issued a letter to the family expressing its condolences and thanking Kunene for his contributions to the party.