Farewell Mpho Pauline Ndebele
26 Jul 2018
SEPTEMBER 1977- MAY 2018
STATEMENT ON THE PASSING AWAY OF THE ADA DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAMMES AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Director of Programmes and International Relations, Ms. Mpho Pauline Ndebele.
Mpho passed away on Wednesday, 17th May 2018.
The Chief Executive Officer of ADA Mr Kudakwashe Dube states that: ‘Mpho was in the forefront of campaigning for a Protocol to the African Charter for Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Protocol). She led campaigns that resulted in the adoption of the Protocol by the African Union Assembly of Heads of States and Governments in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 29 January 2018’.
At the time of Mpho’s death, through her efforts and those of her team at ADA, the disability movement in Africa, African Union and its organs and support from our partners CBM/ European Union, Mpho worked on a programme entitled Alliance for Rights – Africa towards Disability Inclusion (ARADI). She cooperated and work with African institutions such as the African Union Commission (AUC) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the Pan African Parliament (PAP) based in Midrand, South Africa; the African Court based in Arusha Tanzania, and African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) based in Banjul, The Gambia.
She also worked with several African governments, Pan Africa Disability Federations (PADFs), Youth Civil Society Organisations, ADA’s Network of Parliamentarians and a similar network of Journalists on campaigns for the adoption of the Protocol and the development of a Model Disability Law (MDL) to cover and protect the Human Rights of all persons with disability on the continent.
She will be sadly missed by colleagues at the ADA Headquarters, our partners, political structures as well as persons with diverse disabilities with whom she worked. ADA would like to thank you for all for the messages of condolences, support and prayers at this difficult time.
Mpho was laid to rest on Saturday, 26th May 2018 near her parents’ home in Brits, Pretoria, South Africa.
May Your Soul Rest in Peace. Robala Ka Kgotso Mme.
You will be sadly missed.
Africa Disability Alliance (ADA)