ANC regional task team convener Nceba Faku spoke of the years they had worked side by side, with Faku as mayor and Ndoni as his deputy, between 2001 and 2006.
Faku said Ndoni was a loyal member of the ANC and a cautious person.
“If you requested him to do things, he would do them.
“He didn’t like to be engaged in confrontational issues,” he said.
“He advised accordingly and would also tell you that he would be better to serve in a particular portfolio because that was where he’d perform better.
“We used his experience — he comes from a shop steward background — when it came to negotiations with workers, especially when dealing with Samwu.”
Faku’s successor, Nondumiso Maphazi, who also worked closely with Ndoni — he was her deputy between 2006 and 2009 — said she had lost a comrade, a confidante and a friend.
“He was a loyal cadre committed to silently carry out his work.
“Many people did not understand him but he was a strategist who did not want to publicly shine.”
She said when the ANC instructed her and Ndoni to lead Nelson Mandela Bay, he never questioned why he was mandated to be a deputy mayor despite his vast experience.
“He embraced and supported my appointment.
“We worked well together, I have not to date seen the co-operation we shared,” Maphazi said.
Ndoni was respected by all his political opponents, with many referring to him as a friend whom they could turn to for political advice.
DA caucus leader Rano Kayser described him as