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Kolisile's death was untimely - ANC

The ANC described the death of its comrade and his two bodyguards as premature.

Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Nkosiphendule Kolisile. Picture: www.ecodev.gpg.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress' (ANC) Gauteng branch said on Saturday it was shocked and heartbroken by the passing of the MEC for Economic Development, Nkosiphendule Kolisile.

It described the death of its comrade and his two bodyguards as untimely.

Kolisile was killed in a head on collision in the Free State in the early hours of Saturday morning, while en route to Queenstown in the Eastern Cape to attend a funeral of an ANC member.

"The ANC Gauteng sends its deepest condolences to the family, relatives and comrades," said the ANC's Dumisa Ntuli.

"We are saddened by the passing of comrade Nkosiphendule and his two protectors.

"The ANC has lost a great and selfless leader who has committed himself to the struggle of the people."

Nkosiphendule Kolisile was appointed as the Gauteng Economic Development MEC in 2012.

Kolisile was a former portfolio committee chairperson at the Gauteng Legislature and started his political career as an activist in 1991 when he joined the ANC.

In 1995, he became a shop steward for the National Union of Mineworkers.

Kolisile was also elected as the Deputy Chairperson of the ANC West Rand branch last Thursday.

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