Chairperson of the Zambian Catholic Community in South Africa Mr. Chimwemwe Peter M’tonga has died.
The late Mr. Mtonga, 51 collapsed and died suddenly on Saturday evening at his home in Craighall Park in Johannesburg.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba and Zambians living in that country have expressed shock at his sudden death.
Mr. Mwamba said the late Mr. Mtonga and his wife, Beauty were a selfless couple that were instrumental in promoting unity among Zambians in South Africa.
He said the couple recently organised the funeral service of former Vice President Mr. Lupando Mwape and Mr. Chimwemwe Mtonga was the Director of Ceremony at the Church Service held at the St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Craighall Park.
He added that the deceased helped and collaborated with the Embassy in organising community activities especially the holding of national prayers, independence day celebrations and other associated activities.
Mr. Mwamba said the couple was also quick in assisting Zambians especially those that were affected by sickness, death or were stranded and many young people under their care.
He said the death of Mr. M’tonga was a big blow to the Zambian community in South Africa.
He has sent deepfelt condolonces to his wife Mrs. Beauty Mtonga and the family.
The late Chimwemwe Mtonga has lived in South Africa for about 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, and two children, Dr. Ndumo Mtonga and Nandi Mtonga.
Mr. Mtonga worked for Standard Bank in South Africa and was a brother to former Permanent Secretary of Health, and PSMD, Dr. Velepi Mtonga.
In June 2017, Mr. Mtonga celebrated his 50th Birthday at an event where Minister of Lands, Hon Jean Kapata was the Guest of Honour.
Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa.