Mrs Thenjiwe Virginia Lesabe dies

thenjiwe_lesabiZAPU regrets to announce the death of Mrs Thenjiwe Lesabe (Pictured), the national chairperson of our partys Council of Elders. Mrs Lesabe died at United Bulawayo Hospitals on Friday 11 February 2011.

Zapu is saddened by the passing on of Mrs Lesabe, a distinguished liberation fighter, educationist, mother and farmer. She was one of the pillars of our party, during the war of liberation, during Gukurahundi, during our sojourn in Zanu-PF, and indeed now during the revived Zapu. Her coming back home to Zapu in 2009 was the turning point in the successful revival of our party. We are privileged to have had Mrs Lesabe for almost 60 years in our party. It was principle, bravery and dedication that kept her going through the tough and rough terrain of Rhodesian and Zimbabwean politics. When others opted for fortune during Zapus darkest hours of the 80s, Mrs Lesabe chose to remain with the people in Zapu. When others chose to continue in the comfort zone, she again decided to be with the people in 2009 when she left Zanu-PF to rejoin Zapu. For that, she will forever remain a hero in the heroes acre of our hearts.

Her dedication to Zapus cause forced Mrs Lesabe to travel the rough roads in all the districts of Zimbabwe to organize Zapu structures in the run-up to our 2009 congress. We will miss her wise counsel, humility, respect, tolerance, patience, and simplicity. It was these qualities that made her the natural choice to lead the Zapu Council of Elders.

Meanwhile, Mrs Lesabe will be laid to rest at her farm in Fort Rixon in Insiza district of Matabeleland South province on a date to be announced. Mourners are gathered at her Gumtree home at Thabantsu Lodge, Old Esigodini Road, off How Mine turn-off. Zapu is working closely with the Lesabe family to finalise funeral arrangements and will make the necessary announcements in due course.

In the meantime, Zapu is not concerned about what hero status the-powers-that-be will bestow on Mrs Lesabe. Her decision to leave Zanu-PF was an unambiguous statement that she did not want to have anything to do with that party and its heroes acre.

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