Funeral honours for legislature veteran

2012-11-26 00:00

STRUGGLE activist Nkosiyezwe (Sam) Mtetwa, one of the longest serving members of the KZN Legislature, was buried on Friday after a provincial funeral at the Durban City Hall. Provincial flags flew at half mast in his honour.

Mtetwa (60), who died recently in a Durban hospital, was the third-highest ranking politician in the Legislature, following the Speaker and deputy Speaker.

He was the Chairperson of Committees (or Chair of Chairs as the position is more commonly known). In this position he oversaw the portfolio committees that deal with oversight of the different provincial government departments.

Mtetwa became a Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) in 1994, the year South Africa became a democracy. Fellow MPLs paid tribute to him calling him a man of integrity who was fair in his interaction with all of them.

Mtetwa, who was also a preacher in his church, hailed from the ranks of the trade union movement and served as Cosatu’s KZN chairperson in 1989.

He represented the ANC in peace negotiations with the IFP and leaves a wife and eight children.

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