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Death of Nomvula Khellinah Shoba, MP

10 May 2009

The Parliamentary Caucus of the African National Congress has learned with deep sense of sadness the death of one of its new Members of Parliament, Comrade Nomvula Khellinah Shoba. Shoba died on Saturday – a few days after she was sworn in as a Member of the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Born on 29 September 1956, Shoba joined the ANC in 1990 and has remained actively involved within various provincial structures of the organization until her death. She was committed cadre of the organization, a gender activist and a servant of the working class. She served in various positions within the tripartite alliance, amongst others as the Secretary and Deputy Chairperson of the ANC, Provincial Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Union in Mpumalanga, Regional Treasurer for the National Union of Mineworkers and as a member of the South African Communist Party.

Comrade Shoba was uncompromising in her advancement of women’s issues, which she pursued with passion and courage within the ANC and the structures of the tripartite alliance. A long standing member of the ANC Women League (ANCWL) she served the organization as a Branch Secretary in Mpumalanga since 2004, and she was later elected the organisation’s Deputy Chairperson of the Ward 24 Branch.

The attainment of gender parity and other gains achieved by women since the dawn of democracy were largely brought about through courageous and unwavering struggles waged by women of the caliber of comrade Shoba.

Her death has indeed robbed the organization and the people of South Africa of a militant, committed and true servant of the people. As Caucus we were looking forward to gleaning from her experience and wisdom as the Fourth Parliament gets down to business.

As we dip our banner in honour of this gallant daughter of our nation, we extend our condolences to her family, comrades and friends.

Issued by

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus

Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Cape Town


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