Tears rolled down cheeks as hundreds of mourners who had gathered to pay their last respect to dead Rodwell Mnisi (56), a member of Cope national executive committee was laid to his last place of rest in his home village, Welverdiend in the Greater Manyeleti area of Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga on Saturday.
Speaker after speaker expressed great sorrows over Mnisi’s untimely death.
Cope Deputy President Willie Madisha said they were absolutely disturbed and shattered by his untimely death.
“We expected a lot from this giant. He was there when we founded the Cope. It is hurting seeing him lying here. Our leader’s gone too early. He was a selfless comrade who fought against corruption. It is unfortunate he died before achieving what we been expecting from him. We needed his advice, direction, intelligent, leadership and prosper. May his soul rest in peace,” said Madisha.
Troubled niece Pacify Mnisi and Brown Mnisi said Mnisi fell sick on 28 June. And he had since been in and out of the hospital until death robbed him at Tzaneen Medic – Clinic in Limpopo on 18 October.
Worried Nkomati water catchment board member Patience Nyakane said they served with Mnisi in the regional ANC back then in late 90’s said his death made a history.
“Today ANC and the Cope are here, and both they share this stage as we are giving Mnisi a dignified send off. I think we have learnt a lesson comrade Willie Madisha and Mpumalanga ANC acting chairperson Mandla Ndlovu. Though, we worked together before partying ways in those years that never ended our relationship. It’s hardly difficult to forget him. So let’s honour him properly as requested by fellow comrades and accomplish his request to write a book about our history,” said Nyakane.
Mpumalanga Cope Chairperson Luckson Mathebula said Mnisi was very patient and people’s person who taught forgiving that is why they decided not to limit his funeral to Cope or the ANC.
Mnisi’s cousin Mpumalanga ANC acting Chairperson Mandla Ndlovu said; “Everyone is mourning his death. Even Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi was shocked of his passing on.”
Last week we lost comrade Willy Mnisi whom was SACP district deputy secretary and also a school principal.
Chief Theophilus Mnisi said his royal family were also shattered and are currently trying to come to terms after receiving the news of Mnisi’s passing. He said his death left a void.
Mnisi served as board member of the Southern Wildlife College from 1996 to 2004. He was involved with the Kruger2Canyons Biosphere Reserve from 2015 until death swooped on him. He was a church board member of the Welverdiend Church of the Nazarene.
He served at the Department of Local Government, Limpopo wherein he was serving as the Senior General Manager. He tapped to involvement with Ehlanzeni TVET College Council in which he was as a chairperson of the Human Resource committee from January 2009 until December 2013. At his time he met with untimely death, he was holding a position of a Universalization Change Agent with the Performance Solutions Africa.
He obtained Bachelor of Arts Education Degree in the University of the North in 1986. In 1994 he also obtained a certificate in English teaching at the secondary level with the Canterbury Christ Church College in UK.
In 1995 he vividly got impelled as he was awarded with a scholarship to have further pursued a master’s degree in applied Linguistics with the Durham University in the UK.
He was appointed as deputy director in the office of the premier between 1999 and 2000 after he became a principal of Dayimani High School in Gottenburg in Manyeleti after being a teacher at Munghena High School in 1987.
In 2000 he was appointed an acting municipal manager of now disbanded Bohlabela District Municipality, and became the manager 2002.Before he was appointed as municipal councillor at the Ehlanzeni District Municipality in June 2011 until August 2016.
Mnisi is survived by his wife Georginah Ndlovu and six siblings