THE untimely, tragic death of Noncedo Ngqondi has robbed us of a community leader and its impact is immeasurable as she was a councillor in the ward where the Red Location Museum is situated (“Bay in mourning”, January 17). The museum has an ethical and moral obligation towards its immediate environment, thus we were striving to work closely with her.
She grasped quickly the Red Location Museum mandate and demonstrated willingness to assist where she could. Under her stewardship as a community leader the museum had someone that it could rely on during challenging times.
Let me quote from the famous English poet John Donne:
Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so,
For, those, whom thou think’st, though dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, not yet canst though kill me.
And better then thy stroake; why swell’st thou then;
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shall die.
But I shall ask Noncedo the question: why did you die?
May her soul rest in peace
Mpumezo Ralo, research officer, on behalf of the Red Location Museum, Port Elizabeth