President Jacob Zuma has condoled with the Ntuli family and South Africa at large over the death of Deputy Social Development Minister Bongi Maria Ntuli.
Ntuli died on Saturday at the Pretoria Heart Hospital after her children brought her to the specialist hospital for heart treatment.
The presidency on Sunday said in a statement that South Africa has lost a valuable seasoned servant of the people and a dedicated gender activist.
“On behalf of the government and all South Africans, we convey our heartfelt condolences to Ms. Ntuli’s family. May her soul rest in peace,” Zuma added.
In a similar note, the ANCWL has also paid tribute to its former colleague. The league on Sunday conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the family of the deceased.
“Our sadness cannot compare with that of her closest family and friends, who borrowed her to our movement and our people, to them we owe a deep debt of gratitude for having shared comrade Bongi with us,” the league said in a statement.
Prior to her death, Ma Ntuli was a member of the national executive committee of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL).
She was appointed as trade and industry deputy minister in 2009. She was subsequently deployed to the social development department in 2010, where she served until 2014.
In the early 90’s, Ntuli was one of the women who participated in the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa). She also served in various capacities as a Member of Parliament.
Ntuli would be fondly remembered for her tireless love for education. In her old age, she preached and encouraged anyone who cared to listen to continue studying.
She held a Bachelor of Commerce in information systems. Bongi Maria Ntuli obtained her advanced diploma in economic policy at the University of the Western Cape at the old age of 71. She is survived by her lovely daughter and two sons.