Minister sends condolences after MEC's death in car crash

North West MEC Kgakgamatso Nkewu died in car crash near Vryburg.

FILE: Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has sent her condolences to the family of North West MEC Kgakgamatso Nkewu following her death in a car accident on Thursday.

The minister described Nkewu as a selfless leader, who sacrificed herself for the people of her province.

The Social Development MEC died in a car crash yesterday, on the R18 near Vryburg.

She was travelling with her two bodyguards, who survived the crash. A cyclist was also killed in the accident.

Spokeserperson for the minister, Ismail Mnisi, said: "Minister Peters notes the spiraling increase in the number of fatalities for politicians that they have been happening in Limpopo, now it's in North West. However, this forms part and parcel of all accidents that are taking place in our country which we've condemned."

Nkewu is the second female MEC to die in an accident in recent weeks.

Last month, Limpopo Agriculture MEC, Joy Matshoge, was also killed in a crash on the N1 south near Mabopane.

The African National Congress Women League (ANCWL) said that the deaths were concerning.

ANCWL's Nonosi Mdlalose said: "We're losing women at this time where we need women to take the forefront in terms of the leadership."