ANC councillor, Nonhlanhla Mthembu, who fainted during the Johannesburg mayoral election passed on Monday afternoon.
An announcement was made in the chamber. “She’s been one of use since the 80s. We ask that we postpone this because some of you are heartless here. We are doing it in her honour.” The DA, EFF, AIC and the IFP sent “heartfelt condolences” to the ANC. All the parties agreed that they would cast two ballot papers at once so they could allow the ANC to deal with the issue of the “fallen comrade”.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane and EFF leader Julius Malema sent their condolences to the ANC and the family of the councillor.
“My deepest condolences to the caucus of the AnC for the loss of their Cllr. It is indeed sad. My thoughts are with her family,” said Maimane.
“Our deepest condolences to the @MYANC and the family of the departed ANC councillor,” said Malema.
The ANC in Gauteng was deeply saddened by the sudden passing on of Mthembu, fondly known as Black Diamond and Stompi. She collapsed during the City of Joburg’s inaugural council meeting held earlier today to elect Johannesburg Mayor, Speaker and Chief whip – following the 2016 Local Government Elections held earlier this month.
“Ms Mthembu who recently celebrated her 50th birthday was an activist at heart, and a longstanding member of the ANC. She had devoted her life to serving her community. She was a Johannesburg councilor in the 2011 – 2016 term of office, and was re-elected to serve for another five years.”
The cause of her death is not yet known.
We send our deepest condolences to Cde Mthembu’s family, friends, comrades and colleagues. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
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Here’s what people had to say on Twitter:
Someone died, Jesus came down and now he is alive. MIRACLES #Joburg
— Billy Makanatleng (@BMakanatleng) August 22, 2016
People are fainting, the fact that you could lose your R10Mill tender should gives you uvalo#JHBCouncil #Joburg
— Q Mabanga (@D_Mabangas) August 22, 2016
— #VOTEEFFSC (@KatekaniNamane) August 22, 2016