Ramatlhodi saddened by death of Dene Smuts

2016-04-22 21:21
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Johannesburg – Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi on Friday lauded former DA MP Dene Smuts.

The DA's federal executive announced on Friday that Smuts had died.

Ramatlhodi said Smuts's immense contribution to the foundation and development of the Constitution as the supreme law of the country would remain unparalleled.

“Smuts had focused her energy towards a common goal of nation building, development and moving South Africa forward,” Ramatlhodi said.

"May her soul rest in peace."

Smuts served as a member of the justice and constitutional development portfolio committee, which Ramatlhodi chaired.

Details on the cause of her death were not immediately available. 

Smuts served in Parliament for 20 years, from 1989 to 2009. Prior to that, she was a journalist, editor and author. 

She served as the DA’s spokesperson on home affairs, communications, and justice and constitutional development. 

Current and former DA leaders also tweeted their condolences. 

Party Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said: "Really sad about passing of party stalwart and brilliant former MP, Dene Smuts. I learnt so much about legislation and constitution from her."

Former DA leader Tony Leon said: "Dene Smuts gone far too soon. Extraordinary colleague and woman of achievement and unflinching principle. RIP."

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