South Africans mourn former ANC treasurer-general, Mendi Msimang, after his death was confirmed by the ruling party’s spokesperson on Monday, 3 December 2018.
Political parties have expressed their sorrow following the passing of 78-year-old struggle stalwart Mendi Msimang on Monday, 3 December 2018.
South Africans mourned the death of Msimang who was the country’s High Commissioner in London from 1995 to 1998. Among them were politicians and their representatives who commented on the life and legacy of Msimang.
“We salute him for his unwavering and steadfast commitment to serve selflessly and with humility,” said ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe. “The ruling party would ensure Msimang would not be forgotten. We will continue to celebrate his life and leadership and preserve his legacy for future generations to learn from him.”
Mabe, who confirmed Misimang’s death, said the ANC was deeply affected by the news of Msimang’s passing. “The ANC dips its banner and soul as it mourns the passing of stalwart and leader, Msimang who was one of our veterans,” he said. “We are in shock about the passing of our revolutionary and send forth our deepest condolences to the children, grandchildren, his extended family and comrades.”
In a statement, UDM President, Bantu Holomisa, described the late ANC member as a “son of the soil”. “He was cut from the same cloth as the founding president of our democracy, Tata Madiba, and of the same generation of people like the great Tata Walter Sisulu,” Holomisa said.
Holomisa also offered his condolences to the Msimang family and also paid tribute to his political rivals.”I would also like to take this opportunity to pay respect to the African National Congress as his lifelong political home,” Holomisa said.
Msimang also served as the ANC’s treasurer-general during Thabo Mbeki’s term as president. He also served as the first chairperson of the ANC in parliament. He was also the husband of the late former health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.