The African National Congress (ANC) said it is sad and shocked by the passing of Member of Parliament, 57-year-old Mxolisi Sokatsha.
Sokatsha passed away on Friday night in a car accident en-route to the Northern Cape where he hails from.
Sokatsha was an ANC representative in the National Assembly, and had been a member of the Portfolio Committee of Health since joining Parliament in 2019.
“In his passing, the ANC Parliamentary Caucus has lost a revolutionary giant, a man who became the first Mayor of Richmond in the post-apartheid South Africa between 1994 and 1996,” the ANC said.
Parliament also said it was shocked by the passing of Sokatsha.
The presiding officers said the passing of Sokatsha, particularly under such tragic circumstances, was devastating and painful.
During the 1980s Sokatsha was involved in the establishment of the Midlands and Karoo Youth Congress, affiliates of SAYCO and served as the Chairperson of Sasco, also becoming a Sadtu chairperson when he joined the teaching fraternity.
He later served as the chairperson of the ANC’s Pixley ka Seme region for three terms from 1997 to 1999.