EAST LONDON: An ANC member of Parliament has died after her vehicle overturned near Fort Hare University in Alice on Monday afternoon.
Fezeka Loliwe, who was the member of parliament until the time of her passing, was a teacher and she also led the King Williams Town SADTU branch and was elected to the provincial structure. Loliwe was also elected vice-president of the sports, arts and culture portfolio within SADTU’s national structure.
It was from this position that she was deployed to Parliament. She was the chairperson of the portfolio committee on labour.
The spokesperson for the department of health in the Eastern Cape, Sizwe Kupelo said the “prominent figure” was alone in the vehicle when the accident occurred. “She was alone in the vehicle when she lost control. Unfortunately, she died instantly,” he said.
According to the office of the ANC Chief Whip, Loliwe’s “untimely departure leaves a deep void within structures of the ANC Caucus and Parliament as a whole. The people of South Africa have truly been robbed of one of the most dedicated public representatives.”
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Loliwe family, her friends and her comrades,” it said.