Parliament’s presiding officers have also paid tribute to veteran communicator Thabo Masebe, saying that he had left an “indelible legacy” as a public and political servant.
Masebe – who was the acting director of the Gauteng provincial government – died this week.
On Wednesday, Parliament’s spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said the presiding officers, led by National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Amos Masondo, had expressed shock and sadness at the sudden passing of Masebe.
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“As a political communicator par excellence, he formed part of the first generation of great strategists who laid a firm foundation and systems for democratic South Africa’s public communications based on the fundamental constitutional values of transparency and accountability.”
The officers described Masebe as a “courageous combatant for our liberation and a quintessential servant leader of our post-apartheid public service”. They said:
Masebe, with over 20 years’ experience in the public service, had also worked as a spokesperson for former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe before joining the Gauteng provincial government as head of communications.
On Tuesday, the ANC, in a statement, praised Masebe for his dedication while serving in the party’s ranks since the 1990s when he was in the ANC Youth League after the unbanning of the party.
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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi were expected to visit Masebe’s home in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni on Wednesday, to pay their respects.