KZN bids farewell to Mtetwa

2012-11-16 00:00

ONE of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) legislature’s senior members died in the early hours of yesterday morning after a long illness.

ANC MPL Nkosiyezwe Mtetwa was the legislature’s chairperson of committees.

He would have celebrated his 61st birthday next week.

Family spokesperson Sazi Ngcobo said Mtetwa had been ill for the past four months. “He was in and out of hospital as he suffered from diabetes.”

Speaker of the legislature Peggy Nkonyeni said Mtetwa’s death was a great shock and would leave a big void in the legislature.

“On behalf of myself, the members of the provincial legislature and the people of KZN, I would like to express our deepest sense of loss and despair at the passing on of uBab’uMtetwa.

“His wisdom and passion to work for the people of the province and South Africa in general will be sorely missed by all of us. As chairperson of committees, he was a key figure in the functioning of this institution,” said Nkonyeni.

“While he has passed on, his work in the institution and his selfless commitment to the transformation of the legislative sector to improve the quality of life of our people will remain with us.”

Senzo Mkhize, ANC provincial spokesperson, said Mtetwa’s death leaves a massive vacuum, not only in the legislature, but also in the ANC. “There are no words enough to express our deepest condolences to the Mtetwa family. Comrade Mtetwa was a committed member of the party whose life was defined by his continued activism and dedication. He impacted positively on many lives in this province,” he said.

The IFPs Blessed Gwala described Mtetwa as a man of integrity. “Honourable Mtetwa’s personal touch in the management of the KZN legislature’s portfolio committees made the provincial legislature a better place”.

Mtetwa was married and had eight children. The date of his funeral is yet to be announced.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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