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Condolences on the Demise of Reverend Sidumo Webster Dube

Zakhele Mabuza, PUDEMO Spokesperson, 27 September 2013

The Peoples` United Democratic Movement has learned with great shock and disbelief of the sudden death and passing on of Reverend Sidumo Dube of the Anglican Church.

Reverend Dube has for a long time been staying in the small agricultural town of Malkerns.

He was one of the most daring and brave young leaders of the church in Swaziland.

In many instances where the mass democratic movement gathered and needed the support and intervention of the church, he was always there. He refused to be intimidated and bullied by the state`s security agents in the course of his work, especially when in the midst of members of the MDM.

Comrades shall remember him at the forefront at the funeral of our dearly departed Comrade Sipho Jele. It was a tense moment which church leaders feared to be seen associated with, but he never shied away and remained on the side of the oppressed until the end.

He was also present during the funeral of Cde Thobile at Mahlanya. Comrades will also recall his presence at the People`s Summit at St John Bosco Hall in 2012.

The mass democratic movement shall surely miss him.

We shall always salute his gallant, brave and uncompromising stand for the truth in a state that has rendered the church blind to the oppression and socio-economic injustices meted on the people.

May we see the rise of other church leaders of his calibre who against all odds will be prepared to call for a democratic and just Swaziland.

His memorial service shall be at All Saints Cathedral in Mbabane on Friday and shall be laid to rest the following day at Nkoyoyo.

Our heart felt condolences go to his family, his church and the Council of Swaziland Churches. May his soul rest in peace.

Issued by PUDEMO