Cope: Kolisile an outstanding MEC

2013-07-21 14:09


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Johannesburg - Nkosiphendule Kolisile was an outstanding economic development MEC, a true cadre, and a gallant revolutionary leader, Cope Gauteng said on Sunday.

It was "with great shock" that the party had heard the news of his death, in a car crash in the Free State on Saturday.

"May his legacy and selfless spirit live on," said Congress of the People MPL Ndzipho Kalipa.

Two of Kolisile's bodyguards, Sergeant Tebogo Motsei and Constable Tshepo Jobo, also died in the head-on collision. They had been travelling to a funeral in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Gauteng MECs would visit Jobo's home on Saturday to pay their respects, her office said.

Kolisile had been respected by all members and all parties in the Gauteng legislature for his intelligence, integrity and commitment, said the Democratic Alliance.

"He was a friend as well, and will be sorely missed. It is really tragic that he was cut down so early, before his great promise could be fulfilled," said DA MPL Jack Bloom.

Kolisile was appointed as MEC last year during a provincial cabinet reshuffle.

The SA Communist Party in the Eastern Cape expressed its shock and sadness at his death. Kolisile was a former SACP Gauteng chairman.

"We regarded him not only as the member and a leader of the SACP, [African National Congress] and [Congress of SA Trade Unions], but one of us as he hails from our province," said SACP spokesman Siyabonga Mdodi.

Kolisile was elected deputy chairman of the ANC West Rand region on Thursday. He also served as a Young Communist League of SA national committee member.

The SACP in Gauteng said his death was a great loss to the party and to the ANC-led alliance.

The National Union of Mineworkers said he had played a vital role in establishing of the unions structures as a former shop steward.

"The NUM dips its flags and banners in his honour, and passes its sincerest condolences to his family, the broader political movement and the people of Gauteng," said spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network sent its condolences to Kolisile's family.

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