By Kevin Mileham, MP, Buffalo City Coastal Constituency Leader:
The Democratic Alliance is deeply saddened by the fatal stabbing at Leaches Bay, which saw rev. Clifford Leeuw pass away on Tuesday night (subs: Tues, Jan 12).
Rev. Leeuw was a stalwart fighter for the rights of all South Africans, and someone who did everything in his power to ensure that our people were represented by the best public representatives, who only have the interests of all South Africans at heart. He was a good, kind, patriotic and proud South African. He had unsurpassed dedication to his community, the church he served and anyone who ever required his wisdom, guidance or advice.
Sadly, this incident at Leaches Bay is not unusual. The area is a notorious crime hotspot. The DA renews their call on the Buffalo City municipality and the SAPS to increase security and crime prevention measures to address the many challenges facing this part of the city, in order to prevent further senseless and needless tragedies.
We will continue the hard work that rev. Leeuw initiated and lived so passionately for, and will honour his memory through our commitment to ensuring a better South Africa for all.
The DA sends its most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends in this very difficult time.
By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Limpopo Provincial Leader:
The DA is saddened by the untimely passing on of Mr. Stephen Mbedzi. We send our deepest condolences to his wife, children, family and friends.
Stephen was a seasoned journalist and a defender of media freedom. His decision to join the DA was largely informed by his deeply felt love for the country and the constitution.
His skills in articulating his thoughts through pen are unsurpassed. He had a passion for wordsmith.
The DA family is incomplete without the warmth and loving character of the late Stephen Mbedzi. He will forever be a part of us.
By Henro Kruger MP, Political Head: Dr JS Moroka Constituency:
The DA sends heartfelt condolences to the family of the 13 year old boy who recently drowned while swimming in the local reservoir in Phake, Dr JS Moroka Municipality.
Our hearts go out to the family who had high hopes and dreams for the young boy as they go into the New Year with one less family member.
It was clear during a recent oversight visit that the municipality neglected to secure the reservoir, as these are often in isolated places.
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The municipality must take full responsibility for the incident and must immediately ensure that the reservoir is secure to avoid any further tragedies.
The DA will run an awareness campaign in that municipality to make children and parents aware of the dangers of swimming in municipal reservoirs.
We will also deliver a signed petition by the community to the Executive Mayor, Cllr Rhoda Mathebe, of Dr JS Moroka to make her aware of the residents’ plight.
By Sizwe Mchunu, MPL, Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature:
The DA is shocked and saddened by the untimely death of KZN IFP Leader and former KZN Premier, Dr Lionel Mtshali.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dr Mtshali at this sad time.
We also send our condolences to the Inkatha Freedom Party community.
Dr Mtshali was a senior, well –respected member of the KZN Legislature for many years. He also had a wealth of institutional knowledge in the context of government in this province.
He was an extremely eloquent man and it was always interesting listening to him speak in the House. His sharp wit and engaging manner will be truly missed.
Dr Mtshali was more than just a politician. He also had a deep understanding and knowledge of the history of KZN and the culture of the Zulu people.
The DA will certainly miss him, as will the entire political community of KZN.
By James Masango MPL, DA Mpumalanga Leader:
We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our stalwart DA activists, Mr Nkosikhona Blessing Sambo from Ward 27 in Nkomazi municipality, and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.
Nkosikhona was instrumental in the construction of a foot bridge in Nkomazi that has enabled children to cross a fast-flowing river in order to get to school.
He was known in his community for his pride in his African heritage and was considered an African food specialist.
While we mourn the loss of one of our toughest soldiers, we will remember Nkosikhona for his brilliant ideas, his hard work and his immense contribution to furthering the course of the Democratic Alliance.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time.
By Jacques Smalle (MPL), DA Limpopo Spokesperson on COGHSTA:
The DA extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of a fire fighter, Modikwe Ramokgaba who was trapped in flames and died while fighting a raging fire in the Waterberg District yesterday.
It’s been reported that Ramokgaba and his fellow fire-fighters were trying to contain the veld fires raging in the area that has already destroyed 200 hectors of farmlands, vehicles, lodges and animals.
The DA also welcomes the quick reaction to deploy more fire fighters , fire trucks , air support to contain the raging flames , compounded by the current heat wave , to avert further damage.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased fire fighter during this difficult time.
By Katlego Suzan Phala (MPL), DA Political Head in Blouberg Municipality:
The DA in Limpopo is saddened by the death of two technicians who were on board when a private helicopter crashed near Senwabarwana, just over 80km north of Polokwane.
Reports suggest that the chopper was near mountains where the technicians were scheduled to install antennas.
We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and also wish speedy recovery to those injured.
By Andrew Louw, MPL, DA Provincial Leader in the Northern Cape:
The Democratic Alliance extends our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Andre Botha. It is with shock and great sorrow that we learned of his untimely passing.
Andre will be remembered for his integrity, sense of humour and attention to detail. We will miss his insightful questions at our press conferences.
As a long-time resident of Kimberley, he took great pride in sharing the city’s rich history with others.
We hope that he will rest in peace and we will keep his loved ones in our thoughts.
By Michele Clarke MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Community Safety:
The DA is deeply saddened by the death of two more police officials killed in this morning in Dobsonville, Soweto.
According to reports, the policeman died of his wounds and his partner died in after criminals opened fire on them during a robbery.
This incident comes just three days after the country mourned the death of 57 policemen killed in the last year.
The DA condemns the killing of police officers who every day put their lives on the line to protect the country’s citizens, and calls on the public to provide police with any information they may have about criminals who hide among law-abiding citizens.
Enough is enough, and the time has come for every South African to say that criminals will not be tolerated to hide in our communities anymore.
Each and every one of us has to stand behind our brave men and women in blue and cooperate with them to bring criminals to book.
By Debbie Shafer, WC Minister of Education.
I wish to express my sadness at the news of the sudden passing of my colleague in the Northern Cape, MEC Grizelda Boniwe Cjiekella Lecholo.
In the short time that I knew her, she had to deal with some very difficult issues in her province, but was always cheerful and friendly. It is a tragedy to lose someone so young.
My sincere condolences go to her family, friends, colleagues and the ANC.