MEC's accident investigated

Free State police have opened up a case of culpable homicide.

The scene of the accident on the N6 outside Reddersburg, Free State where Gauteng Economic Development MEC died. Picture: @eNCAnews via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC in Gauteng says it will await the outcome of a police investigation on exactly how MEC for Economic Development Nkosiphendule Kolisile's car crashed with a truck.

Kolisile and his two bodyguards Tebogo Motsie and Tshepo Jobo were killed in the crash.

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.

Kolisile was on his way to the Eastern Cape for another funeral.

'FINEST CADRE'

The ruling party says it lost one of its finest cadres.

Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile said the party was heartbroken by the deaths.

Spokesman Dumisa Ntuli said, "We are saddened at the passing of the MEC and his protectors. This is a tragedy of great proportions."

Ntuli said the 40-year-old MEC still had a bright future ahead of him and ANC members on the West Rand had entrusted him to lead them.

"He was elected on Thursday last week as the deputy chairperson of the ANC West Rand region.

A HARD WORKER

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 couselling to them, as well as his colleagues.

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."

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.