MESSAGES of condolences are pouring in following the death of Greater Kokstad Municipality councillor Martha Dlakavu (67) who died on March 26.The people of Kokstad said Dlakavu was a fearless and strong woman who fought for farm communities to have proper services.Dlakavu worked as the GKM Ward 2 councillor under ANC from 2011 to 2016. Dlakavu joined the EFF before the 2016 local government elections and campaigned for the party to win the elections. In May last year Dlakavu was elected as the EFF PR councillor at GKM. Within the municipality, Dlakavu worked in the governance committee as well as the local labour forum. The municipality remembers Dlakavu as a servant of community who was “disciplined and dedicated” as a councillor.Harry Gwala District Municipality EFF councillor Linda Mbhele described Dlakavu as a freedom fighter whose hope was to see development in farm areas.“She played a role in the building of EFF branches in Kokstad and contributed in the development of communities. She was an inspiration to many EFF members,” said Mbhele. Dlakavu was a former teacher and a principal in schools around Kokstad. She retired in 2010 and joined politics thereafter.“My mother helped many people in Franklin and will be remembered for her good work. She loved education and helped farm children acquire their birth certificates,” said her eldest daughter Noloyiso Mkhatshane. Dlakavu is survived by three daughters and six grandchildren. She will be buried at her rural home of Saphukanduku in Mount Ayliff on April 7.