North West claims commissioner dies

2013-11-13 12:27
Premier Thandi Modise (Picture: Beeld)

Premier Thandi Modise (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - North West traditional leadership and claims commissioner Joe Mafereka has died, Premier Thandi Modise's office said on Wednesday.

"Commissioner Mafereka died in hospital the past weekend after a short period of illness," Modise's spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said in a statement.

"Mafereka leaves behind a legacy of selflessness and dedication. His untimely death has robbed the country of a humble but assertive leader who performed his duty with utmost integrity and without fear or favour."

Kgwele said a backlog of traditional disputes and claims had been cleared under Mafereka's leadership.

"Commissioner Mafereka has left an indelible mark and will forever be remembered as a fearless warrior, a loyal servant of our people, a skilled negotiator, a unifier, and peacemaker."

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