He fought for others at 104, but didn’t live to see his victory

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He fought for others at 104, but didn’t live to see his victory

His name means 'stand firm', and he lived up to it when he took up the cudgels for farm occupiers and labour tenants

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If only centenarian Zabalaza Mshengu had lived one more year, he would have seen his lifelong campaign for basic services such as water and sanitation end in victory.

Sadly though, Mshengu – whose first name means stand firm – died in 2018 before the Pietermaritzburg High Court could deliver its judgment against three KwaZulu-Natal municipalities by farm occupiers and labour tenants who did not have access to basic services.

Mshengu, 104, was one the three applicants in the case against Msunduzi, Umgungundlovu and uMshwathi municipalities in which the farm occupiers and labour tenants were represented by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC)...

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