MEC's car was 'making way for ambulance'

2013-07-20 18:03
Nomvula Mokonyane (File, Sapa)

Nomvula Mokonyane (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng Economic Development MEC Nkosiphendule Kolisile was killed in a head-on collision with a truck, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Saturday.

"We were told the MEC's vehicle was making way for an ambulance, when they went into oncoming traffic and collided with a truck," an emotional Mokonyane told reporters in Johannesburg.

"They died on the scene. The ambulance never stopped."

Two bodyguards, identified as Constable Tshepo Jobo and Sergeant Tebogo Motsei, were in the car with Kolisile.

Mokonyane said their families had been informed.

A delegation from the Gauteng executive council paid a visit to Kolisile's wife on Saturday.

"We will be taking the family and relatives to identify the body," she said.


Mokonyane said Kolisile would be given a provincial official funeral though no date was confirmed.

The ANC in Gauteng sent its condolences adding that it had lost a "great and selfless" leader.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng and the Young Communist League of SA (YCLSA) expressed shock at the news of Kolisile's death.

The DA described Kolisile as a great addition to the provincial cabinet following a reshuffle last year.

"[He] had a sterling record in the Gauteng provincial legislature," DA provincial spokesperson Marius Redelinghuys said in a statement.

Kolisile was a former YCLSA national committee member and former chairperson of the SA Communist Party in Gauteng. YCLSA spokesperson Khaya Xaba said: "As the YCLSA we send our deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and friends."

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