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Condolences stream in for fallen MEC

Members of Cope have expressed their sadness at the sudden death of MEC Nkosiphendule Kolisile.

Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Nkosiphendule Kolisile. Picture: @NewsWallCoZa Via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Messages of condolences continue to pour in for the late Gauteng MEC Nkosiphendule Kolisile's family.

Kolisile and his two bodyguards, Tebogo Motsie and Tshepo Jobo, were killed in a head on collision with a truck in Reddersburg in the Free State.

The accident took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The men died on impact when their vehicle made way for a passing ambulance and collided head on with a truck on the N6 in the Free State.

It is alleged the ambulance did not stop to help after the accident and police have opened a case of culpable homicide.

It's understood the MEC was on his way to the funeral of an African National Congress (ANC) member in the Eastern Cape.

Congress of the People (Cope)'s Ndzipo Kalipa said, "Our message of condolences to the MEC, who has served diligently. We are deeply saddened by his departure. He has worked very well."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng said they are keeping the MEC's family in its thoughts.

The party's Marius Redelinghuys said Kolisile was a great addition to the Provincial Legislature and will be greatly missed.

"The DA in Gauteng is deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic passing of the Gauteng Economic Development MEC."

'THE HARDWORKING KOLISILE'

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Saturday also expressed her condolences and said Kolisile carried out his duty with integrity.

She said his commitment to serve the poor was admirable.

"The hardworking Kolisile steered the Gauteng Economic Development portfolio with zeal and vigour.

"As testimony to his passion for saving the poor the MEC recently handed over three houses to the elderly and people living with disabilities on Mandela Day."

She said the late MEC's dedication and humility are the hallmarks of his term in office.

"MEC Kolisile infused his energy into the portfolio introducing innovative measures to ensure that the provincial economy benefits some of the most marginalised sections of our population."

Mokonyane met with his wife and children on Saturday morning and said government will be providing counselling to them, as well as his colleagues.

Kolisile had been a member of the ruling party for more than two decades and also played a prominent role in the communist party as well as the National Union of Mineworkers.

A full investigation into the crash has been launched.

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