Free State Health MEC killed in car crash
Bethlehem – Free State MEC of Health Fundiswa “Fezi” Ngubentombi and a policeman were killed in a car accident on the N1 near Bloemfontein on December 1. Ngubentombi was on her way back from the opening of a day care center in QwaQwa in the Thabo Mofutsanyana district. President Jacob Zuma also attended the event.
Ngubentombi, a former educator and a mother of five children, was appointed MEC of Health in February 2011 after having served as the Free State MEC of Public Works and Rural Development since 2009.
Ngubentombi made some valuable contributions during her time at the Thabo Mofutsanyana health district. Among other achievements, she oversaw the implementation of the Gene Xpert TB diagnostic machines in the Dihlabeng region, and allocated funds for the procurement of new linen at the Elizabeth Ross Hospital in QwaQwa.
She was also responsible for various developments in the Thabo Mofutsanyana district, including the recently erected fence at the Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli Regional Hospital. “Ngubentombi showed commitment in her work, we know her for prioritising the safety and security of our communities, patients and staff in hospitals,” an official from the Department of Health said.
Ngubentombi’s memorial service was held on Wednesday, December 5 in Bloemfontein. She will be put to rest on Saturday.
Selloane Molakeng is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting in the Thabo Mofutsanyana health district in the Free State.