ANC MP who died of malaria described as outstanding activist

2013-12-23 09:02

ANC MP and former SACP member Crosby Moni has died of malaria.

“We are deeply pained by the loss of such an experienced politician, a humble people’s servant and an outstanding activist,” said Moloto Mothapo, spokesperson for the office of the ANC chief whip.

“Comrade Moni’s political activism cut across the entire revolutionary tripartite alliance, having held leadership positions within all the structures of the alliance formations,” Mothapo said.

Moni contracted malaria during a recent visit to Mozambique and died yesterday, said SA Communist Party spokesperson Alex Mashilo.

Moni joined Parliament in 2011 and represented the constituency of Benoni, on the East Rand.

“He was truly a reservoir of political knowledge, whose immense contribution to debates both within the structures of caucus and Parliament will be sorely missed,” Mashilo said.

Moni was a member of the SACP’s central committee, and was mostly active in Mpumalanga.

Mashilo said the SACP was devastated by his sudden death.

“Crosby was one of the best calibres that our revolutionary movement has ever produced,” he said.

He was a former deputy president of the National Union of Mineworkers, ANC Mpumalanga deputy chairperson, and was instrumental in rebuilding SA National Civic Organisation structures.

“In memory of Comrade Crosby, the SACP will deepen its work to advance and defend the unity of our alliance and our programme to build working class hegemony in all key sites of power,” Mashilo said.

Moni is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

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