KwaZulu-Natal Premier Mchunu and his family have once again been plunged into mourning following the death of his brother Harry Mpendulo Mchunu.
Harry Mpendulo died over the weekend after a long illness. Until his death, he was a police Captain stationed in Umlazi – a township on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
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Premier Willies Mchunu’s spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya‚ confirmed the ugly development on Wednesday.
Sibiya related that “Although he had been unwell for some time‚ the Mchunu family had hoped their brother would get better. However‚ it was not to be as he passed away over the weekend.”
“The Premier and the Mchunu family have thanked people from all walks of life who have continued showing them support as the family mourns yet again another loss,” he added.
The premier also announced that Harry Mpendulo’s funeral will hold on 23 December 2016 at the Wembezi Multipurpose Centre, by 9:00 am.
In April, Mchunu lost his wife, Dudu after a protracted illness. She died at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital. The then provincial ANC deputy chair learned of his wife’s death while at a meeting to resolve the foreign national crisis.
At that time, Premier Senzo Mchunu (not related to the bereaved Mchunu) also assigned his special advisor Advocate Linda Zama to be with Mchunu (who was an MEC then).
“No amount of words can express our deepest sympathies to MEC Mchunu and the family for the pain and irreparable loss of a beloved wife‚ mother‚ grandmother‚ friend‚ aunt and a source of love that united the Mchunu family,” Premier Senzo said at that time.
In June, Premier Mchunu also lost his mother Ntombi Mchunu. She died at the age of 85 at an Umtshezi (Estcourt) hospital after a short illness.
After Mchunu’s mother’s death, his father followed suit just a few months later. Of a truth, it’s been a tough year for the premier.