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Official funeral for Ukhozi FM station manager and MEC Bheki Ntuli

Premier Sihle Zikalala said both deserve recognition for the sterling role they played in advancing the lives of the people of KwaZulu-Natal

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala announced that the President of the Republic of South Africa declared a provincial official funeral for the late Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Bheki Ntuli; as well as celebrated broadcaster and former Ukhozi FM station manager Welcome “Bhodloza” Nzimande.

The decision follows a request by Zikalala on behalf of the KZN provincial government to accord these outstanding patriots a befitting recognition for the immense contribution they have made in building a peaceful, developing and better KwaZulu-Natal.

Muntukayise Bhekuyise Ntuli, was born in 1957 in Mtubatuba, in the north of KwaZulu-Natal. Ntuli passed away on Saturday in a Durban hospital, due to COVID –19 related complications.

Affectionately known by his clan name “Mphemba”, he was appointed to the position of MEC in September 2019. Throughout his life in politics, he has been a humble, loyal, dedicated, hard-working and exemplary servant of the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

EThekwini Municipality Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has described veteran radio broadcaster Nzimande, who died on Friday, as a great ambassador for indigenous music and culture.

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