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Parliament's Presiding Officers have learnt with sadness and shock the sudden passing of African National Congress Member of Parliament, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Mr Amos Masondo, said the untimely passing of one of South Africa’s seasoned politicians and lawmakers was a great loss not only to her family and political party but the nation which she has served in various capacities.
Ms Joemat-Pettersson served as a Member of the National Assembly, representing the ANC, and as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police. Recently, she served as a member of the Section 194 Ad hoc Committee and the Ad hoc Committee on Flood Disaster Relief and Recovery.
She previously served the country as the Minister of Energy and Agriculture.
The Presiding Officers said: "Ms Joemat-Pettersson’s passing has left us reeling with shock. She will be remembered as an astute politician who used her skills, talents, and knowledge to advance legislative work to change the lives of ordinary South Africans. She exuded great energy, passion, and goodwill, and was not afraid to speak her mind. May her soul rest in peace".
Parliament extends its heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, political home - the African National Congress and all South Africans on this loss.
Issued by Parliament of the Republic of South Africa