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DA mourns loss of former Nelson Mandela Bay councillor, Elizabeth Trent

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Former Nelson Mandela Bay DA councillor, Elizabeth Trent, has passed away after she lost a battle to cancer just after the start of the new year, on 3 January 2019.

In a statement, the Democratic Alliance said that it was is saddened by the death of Trent, who was a Democratic Alliance stalwart that served as a councillor from 1995 to 2011 and led the DA caucus in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro for a number of years.

“Elizabeth grew up in a political family with her grandfather being a member of parliament, her father a member of parliament, as well as a former mayor of Port Elizabeth.”

“During her work as a Councillor, she was fearless in her approach in taking on issues and was well respected by all of her opponents. She was someone who worked hard in all communities in Nelson Mandela Bay,” the statement said.

Trent is survived by her husband, former Member of Parliament and Provincial Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Eddie Trent, as well as her three children Victoria, Stewart, and Edward.

“When Elizabeth was elected to the City Council in 1995, the then Democratic Party had four councillors. Today, we have 57. She helped to lay the groundwork over decades for the growth of the DA.”

“Elizabeth held a BCom Degree from The University of Cape Town. She was well known for her tough approach and at times didn’t mince her words.”

“The DA extends its condolences to her family. She passed away on Thursday evening.”

“She was an extremely passionate councillor, who attended every single Council meeting in her time and was thoroughly conversant with the issues of the Metro. Her passing is a sad loss to the City and to the Democratic Alliance,” the statement concluded.

Devina Haripersad

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