JOHANNESBURG: An ANC Member of Parliament from Elukwatini was shot dead last night in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.
Sibusiso Radebe was shot dead in what has been reported as a robbery. He was shot in the head and leg after the suspect allegedly demanded his phone, a family member, Lungile Dube has said.
Radebe was among the delegation of ANC MPs went as far as appealing to Luthuli House to stop the state inquiry from going ahead, saying it was a factional exercise by ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu and those who support Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to be the next ANC president last year. Ramaphosa was elected as the ANC president last year in Nasrec, Soweto.
“We said you see this thing that is happening is wrong because people are pursuing their own agendas just to shine in the public,” Radebe said at the time.
Radebe became involved in politics after the unbanning of the ANC in 1990. In his high school, he was part of the Learner Representative Council (LRC) at Bantfwabethu Secondary School in the same region of Mpumalanga.
He was also a member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) as well as an activist in the ANCYL. In 1994 he was elected into the provincial structure of COSAS in Mpumalanga as deputy secretary.
In 2008 he was elected the provincial treasurer of the ANCYL in Mpumalanga and he was then deployed to Parliament after 2009 elections.
He has previously served in the Portfolio Committees on Communication and Higher Education and Training. Radebe also served in the Portfolio Committee on Transport since 2014 at the time of his passing.
“It did happen… we are sending a statement now,” ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu has told News24 on Wednesday morning.