Mjila mourned by NC

2015-06-17 06:00
THE late Nokhaya Mjila, the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality speaker.

THE late Nokhaya Mjila, the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality speaker. Photo: Facebook

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THE Northern Cape mourns the death of Nokhaya Mjila (45), the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality speaker, who was hospitalised after being set alight in a house in Olifantshoek on 30 May.

Except for Mjila, three people have died as a result of their injuries due to the incident – a nine-month-old baby, who was Mjila’s granddaughter, as well as two other family members.

Mjila’s husband (48), the prime suspect in the incident, has since been hospitalised and has been under police guard since the incident. He is reported to have attempted suicide twice.

Mjila passed away in the Life Rosepark Hospital in Bloemfontein in the early hours of Friday (12/06).

The police are now investigating four counts of murder, one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of arson against the 48-year-old man, who is expected to appear in court soon.

Sylvia Lucas, the premier of the Northern Cape, on behalf of the provincial government and the people of the province, has expressed her heartfelt condolences to the family and friends, the broader community, as well as to the ANC, concerning the tragedy.

“As a very close personal friend, sister, colleague and confidant, the passing of Mjila is very personal and sad,” said Lucas.

“We pray that Almighty God grants the family patience and strength to deal with this huge loss and we trust that forgiveness and compassion accompany them on this difficult journey they are embarking on.

“This is what Nokhaya would have wanted. This is the Nokhaya I knew, respected and loved.”

The late Mjila started her career at the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, formerly known as the Siyanda District Municipality, in administration and later became the executive mayor.

In 2011 she was elected speaker of council, where she served until her untimely death.

Mjila’s funeral is expected to be held over the weekend

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