Activist pastor passes away

Written by Lentswe. Posted in Community

Lentswe, Jouberton - An acti-vist who was also a preacher passed away last week.

The former member of AME, pastor William Nkosana Mpendukane (83) passed away at Tshepong Hospital in the early hours of Friday 15 June after suffering from a brain tumour.

The family said he was known as an anti-apartheid activist when he was younger. His son, Jabu Mpendu-kane said his father was born in Makweteng (now Neserhof) and grew up there.

Jabu said his dad then moved to Jouberton during the forced removals in the 1960’s.

“He became an active member in community issues of his days in the company of the likes of bishop Ndwandwe, reverend Masopha, Pastor Kolisang amongst others,” he said.

Jabu added by saying his father was elected secretary of the Jouberton Civic Association (JCA) which got him in trouble with the apartheid government.

The family said Madala’s house was constantly raided by the police and informers were planted and assigned to his house to search for incriminating information.

“In 1980, he was arrested by the special branch under the state of emergency act. He then spent 6 months in incarceration under the law of imprisonment without trial.

“His active role was shortened by the disbandment of the JCA when new structures were formed to advance the struggle of their local residents,” he told Lentswe.

Jabu stressed that his father was an active and staunch member of the AME church and was a capable preacher of the word.

“He will be missed dearly by his family and the church for his warm and jolly personality. He was a good counsellor of the broken and a linguist who could speak about 8 languages including Portuguese.

“He will be missed for his story telling ability and for his deep love for clap and tap music,” the bereaved family said.

His son said they have a deep sense of loss on his passing as he was the only surviving elder in their family.

“We relied on him for guidance. We will also miss how he used to tell us stories of how they grew up under the repressive government and how they survived under tough conditions.

“It is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Jabu concluded.

Madala Mpendukane was staying at 1262 23rd Street in Jouberton.

His funeral service will be held at AME Church from 07:00 on Saturday 23 June.