Church leaders pay tribute to selfless Gauteng health official

02 July 2021 - 07:34 By mpho koka
Senior official in the Gauteng health department, Dumisani Malele, died this week.
Senior official in the Gauteng health department, Dumisani Malele, died this week.
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Church leaders have described Gauteng health department senior official Dumisani Malele as a humble leader and teacher who loved his family.

Malele died on Monday night. He served the department in various capacities, the latest being that of coordinator of the provincial vaccine programme. He helped set up the vaccination systems and the operations in the province.  He was also the CEO of the medical supplies depot in the health department.

During a virtual memorial service held on Thursday, Leroy Makungo of the Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church in Berea, Johannesburg, described Malele as a man of integrity.

“He was a leader of the men’s fellowship in the church. He had leadership. Some few years back when he was still our leader, we decided to have elections to elect a new leader of the men’s fellowship. Malele never got angry. What surprised me was that he was fine, and actually organised the election without complaining. We had a new leader. This shows he was a man of integrity and does not fight for power, even when we had new leadership. He would come to the fellowship and allow to be led by the new leadership,” said Makungo.

Pastor Emmanuel Kasala said Malele was a selfless person and great teacher.

“He was a family man. I admire him because he practised what he taught. He was a humble man who loved his family. He is a man who brought ethics and professionalism in the church,” said Kasala.

Fellow church member Sandra Dube described Malele as “shepherd” and a man who would be dearly missed by the congregation for his warm smile and laughter.

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