Ma Mbeki praised for community work

President Thabo Mbeki’s 98-year-old mother was laid to rest in her hometown of Dutywa on Saturday.

The mother of former President Thabo Mbeki, Epainette "Ma Mbeki" died at an East London hospital on 7 June 2014 at the age of 98.

CAPE TOWN - Epainette Mbeki has left an indelible mark on the rural women in her community, whom she encouraged to be independent through her development project.

The mother of former President Thabo Mbeki was laid to rest during a special provincial official funeral in her hometown of Dutywa in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Ma Mbeki was a mother and mentor to the women of the Khanyisa project, a craft and beadwork programme she founded in Dutywa.

"Ma Mbeki is the mother of the former president but we didn't feel like we were staying with that great mom. We felt that we were staying with our mom."

A beneficiary of Mbeki's kindness and guidance says the women in the project were taught how to be independent.

"You can stand for yourself and if you have something, you must share with other people."

The 98-year-old has been praised for her tireless contribution to uplifting her community.

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