Family struggling with MEC's death

Gauteng MEC Nkosiphendule Kolisile’s family descried him as a humble and caring person.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Late Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Nkosiphendule Kolisile's family on Monday descried him as a humble and caring person.

The family also says it is battling to deal with his death.

The MEC and two body guards, Tshepo Jobo and Tebogo Motsie, died in a car accident on the N6 near Reddersburg in the Free State.

The crash took place early on Saturday morning.

Family spokesperson Pat Ntsobi says it is a challenging time and the news has come as a shock to all of them.

The accident occurred when the car he was travelling in crashed into an oncoming truck while making way for an ambulance.

It is alleged the ambulance did not stop to help after the accident.

Police have opened a case of culpable homicide.

The MEC was on his way to the funeral of an Eastern Cape ANC member.

A memorial service for Kolisile will take place at the Johannesburg Community Hall on Wednesday.

Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC Lebogang Maile said Jobo and Motsie would also be remembered at the service.

He also noted the family's pain and said they were still trying to come to terms with Kolisile's tragic passing.

"They are just as shocked as us and they are not coping. It's a tragic thing, which could happen to anybody."

Kolisile's funeral will be held at Majola village in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

He will be given an official provincial funeral, while his bodyguards will receive funerals in line with police standards.