Lauretta Ngcobo, 2012 eThekwini Living Legend

Lauretta Ngcobo, 2012 eThekwini Living Legend

Lauretta Ngcobo, 2012 eThekwini Living Legend, has passed away after a long illness. Lauretta, a feminist writer and activist, was born in Ixopo in 1931, and spent her early adult years in South Africa until she was forced into exile. Together with her husband, Abednego Ngcobo, Treasurer-General of the Pan Africanist Congress, Lauretta and her children fled South Africa in 1963, finally landing up in England where they remained until 1994. Lauretta worked as a teacher in the UK, and pursued her writing, with her first novel, Cross of Gold, being published in 1981. Lauretta’s work focused largely on the struggles of the African woman, not only in relation to the inequalities of Apartheid, but also in terms of the confines of traditional Zulu life, which Lauretta saw as oppressive for women.

Lauretta continued her teaching work when she returned home to South Africa, before becoming a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, where she spent eleven years before retiring in 2008.

Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Lauretta. The country has lost a great soul with the passing of Lauretta Ngcobo.