ANC Parliamentary Caucus mourn the passing of ANC MP Comrade Mxolisi Sokatsha following a tragic car accident
26 March 2022
The ANC Parliamentary Caucus has learnt with shock and sadness of the tragic passing of our own Comrade, Mxolisi Sokatsha in a fatal car accident late last night, Friday 25 March 2022. Cde Sokatsha was travelling to the Northern Cape where he hails from. To this end, Caucus extends its heartfelt condolences to his family and children at this time of devastating loss in their lives.
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. Revolutionary in outlook, through his deeds, Cde Sokhatsha was a dedicated member of our Caucus Detachment serving in the Portfolio Committee on Health since 2019.
Many of his Study Group Members expressing their grief have spoken of losing a beautiful soul, a revolutionary giant, a disciplined cadre of our Movement who was exposed to the ranks of the Movement more than 36 years ago and spent his entire lifetime in the struggle for the liberation of our country as well as assisted in planting the seeds of our democratic society. In his departure, the ANC Parliamentary Caucus has lost a dependable ally in its revolutionary task of taking forward the National Health Insurance.
Previously, Comrade Sokatsha, a trained educator and accountant served in the Northern Cape Legislature from 2003 to 2019 in various capacities including MEC for Health, Social Development , Sports , Arts and Culture as well as Roads and Public Works before becoming a Member of the National Assembly in the Sixth Parliament where he assumed office on the 22 May 2019.
During the 1980S, Cde 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. Later, he served as the Chairperson of the ANC’s Pixley ka Seme region for three terms from 1997 to 1999.
At the time of his passing, he was a PEC Member of the ANC in the Northern Cape.
Phumla Ngoxolo Mgcina, Tyhopho, Nokwindla!Uhambo lwakho lusothusile!Kwikhaya nezihlobo, sithi Thuthuzelekani!
Issued by the Office of the Chief Whip, Hon. Pemmy Majodina