Late African National Congress (ANC) member of Parliament (MP) Fezeka Loliwe has been lauded as a selfless leader who put the needs of the poor first.

Loliwe died over a week ago in a car crash on the R63 road near Alice in the Eastern Cape.

She served as SA Democratic Teacher’s Union (Sadtu) vice president and as a SA Communist Party (SACP) central committee member.

Loliwe was currently serving as the chairperson of the portfolio committee on labour. She was also part of the parliamentary enquiry into the SABC.

It was a befitting memorial service for a woman who dedicated her life to the struggle of the working class.

Colleagues, family and friends described her as a people’s person.

Her family is still trying to come to terms with her death.

Fezi as she was affectionately known will be laid to rest on Friday in her Frankfort home near Bhisho.

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