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Beloved Enoch Mgijima councillor dies in car accident

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Mzoxolo Peter, known as Mzo, died on Sunday at Frontier Hospital after a car accident on Saturday evening.
Mzoxolo Peter, known as Mzo, died on Sunday at Frontier Hospital after a car accident on Saturday evening.
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Sorrow has engulfed the Chris Hani municipal area following the death of one of its political leaders.        

Mzoxolo Peter, known as Mzo, died on Sunday, 12 September at Frontier Hospital after he was involved in a car accident on Saturday evening. This was confirmed by Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) executive mayor, Luleka Gubula, in a statement.

Peter was a councillor responsible for budget and treasury at EMLM.

"Enoch Mgijima Local Municipal mourns the untimely passing of Councillor Mzoxolo Peter, the Portfolio Head for Finance. He was involved in a car accident which occurred on Saturday evening (11 September) between Komani and Cacadu towns and came out severely injured. He was taken to Frontier Hospital in Komani, but succumbed to his injuries on Sunday," Gubula said.

Gubula said Mpemvu, as he was affectionately called by his clan name, leaves a huge void in the municipality.

"He was one of the young, vigilant and vibrant leaders of Enoch Mgijima who had risen through political youth formation ranks and more was still expected from him. This is a deep wound for the family and as the municipality we send our deepest condolences to his family, relatives, comrades and colleagues," she said.

He will be remembered for his leadership role in both the erstwhile Lukhanji Municipality and Enoch Mgijima, Gubula said.

Peter joined Lukhanji Local Municipality as a PR Councillor in 2011 and served as a portfolio head for Finance. After the establishment of Enoch Mgijima Municipality in 2016, Peter served as a speaker and later moved to the position of portfolio head for finance again. Before joining the Municipality, Peter worked for the Department of Agriculture.

"The 41-year-old was born and raised in Cacadu and his family later moved to Tambo village in Whittlesea. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Funeral and other details will be communicated later, after consultation with the family," the executive mayor said. 

The ANC, his political home, was also saddened by Mzo's untimely passing. Regional secretary Lusanda Sizani said Peter grew up and came of age within the structures and ranks of the ANC. Peter was the regional secretary of the ANC Youth League and a member of the regional executive committee.  

"He was a disciplined and advanced cadre of the movement. In his role as a councillor, comrade Mzo was a very humble and diligent servant of the peoole who championed the plight of his community excellently," Sizani said. 

He said Peter believed in personal development through education. "The ANC structures and members in Chris Hani region convey their most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Peter family; friends, colleagues and comrades in the broader ANC family," he said. 

Peter cut his political teeth as a member of the South African Students' Congress at the erstwhile Eastern Cape Technikon. The municipality said funeral arrangements will be communicated after consultation with the family.

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