DA ‘deeply saddened’ after MP killed in KZN accident
Tarnia Baker was tragically killed in an accident in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.
CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance MP Tarnia Baker has been killed in an accident in KwaZulu-Natal.
It's understood that Baker was crossing a street in Park Rynie to greet other party members when she was hit by a truck.
The DA says it is deeply saddened and heartbroken.
Baker was in KwaZulu-Natal attending to her oversight responsibilities as a member of the portfolio committee on water and sanitation in Ugu district municipality.
She’s been described as a “wonderful” and “warm person”, as well as a devoted mother and wife.
The DA says it will continue the hard work that Baker lived for, but it says her presence and contribution will be sorely missed.
KwaZulu-Natal leader Zwakele Mcwango says Baker was a committed member of the party.
“She came down for a holiday and then combined her time for an oversight of the Ugu district. That shows commitment from a member of Parliament.”
The party is expected to honour her memory in Parliament soon.
Meanwhile, the ANC and several others have shared their deepest condolences with Baker's loved ones.
Condolences to the @Our_DA family on the passing of Tarnia Baker MP. She was a kind, lovely soul. Passionate about her work. We'll miss her— Liezl van der Merwe (@Liezl_vdMerwe) October 6, 2017
It is with deep sadness that we can confirm that our colleague, Tarnia Baker MP, was tragically killed in an accident in KZN this afternoon.— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) October 6, 2017
Speaker Mbete and Chairperson Modise saddened by tragic passing of DA MP, Hon Tarnia Baker pic.twitter.com/n3k17QaFZa— Moloto Mothapo (@MolotoMothapo) October 7, 2017
Today we lost a devoted MP and a wonderful person, Tarnia Baker MP. I've spoken to the family to convey the love and condolences of the DA.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) October 6, 2017