Hon Speaker and hon Deputy President, once again death has robbed us of a gallant daughter of the soil. Sister Bernard Ncube's untimely death is a huge loss to the entire nation, not only to the ANC.
She distinguished herself as a fearless nun, who never compromised her beliefs on the altar of orthodoxy. She injected a heavy dose of relevance into the church by addressing political matters and insisting that justice be done on earth. Sister Ncube was a lantern of hope in the long night of colonial subjugation and white domination. She was a loud, clear and eloquent voice of the voiceless; a companion of the poor, the marginalised and the downtrodden masses of our country.
Re le ba mokgatlo wa PAC re re: Sepela gabotse mogale wa bagale. T?hukudu e kgolo ya ga Ncube e lapi?it?we ke marumo a bot?ofadi le bolwet?i. Afrika e tla ?ala e go gopola ka bokgabane le botho bja gago nalet?ana ya ntlo e kgolo, ntlokgolo ya majakane, ntlokgokolo ya boMopapa. Ge nkabe lehu le na le ditsebe, re be re tla le sebela ra re: Go kaone ge o ka phamola yo mongwe goba le lengwe la mafeela ao a ebelago le naga ye a sa tsebe gore a nyaka eng.
Sepela gabotse mmago set?haba, mofepi wa dit?huana. Ga di lebogwe. (Translation of Sepedi paragraphs follows.)
[As the PAC, we salute you, our mighty warrior! In her old age, the great warrior Ncube suffered and died from a very long illness. Africa will remember her sense of humour and kindness. If it were possible, we would whisper into death's ears and say: It would be better if you had taken someone else wandering about instead of Ncube.
May your soul rest in peace, mother of the nation, caregiver of the orphans. I thank you.]