ANC NEC member Violet Siwela to be laid to rest today

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Late African National Congress NEC member, Violet Siwela, will be laid to rest at the Dwarsloop sports field in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, on Saturday morning.

Siwela, who served as the Chairperson of the Powers and Privileges Committee in the National Assembly, passed away a week ago while in hospital.

Siwela was in and out of hospital in the last three weeks and died on Thursday after undergoing surgery.

She became a member of Parliament in 2019 and served in various portfolios including also chairing the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development.

In the video below, the ANC pays homage to Violet Siwela:

Condolences have poured in for Siwela:

ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina says Siwela will be remembered for her passion for the job.

“Mama Siwela was a person that you can rely on 24 hours. She was a workaholic, she understood the role of Parliament, she respected the Constitution, she respected the timelines when it came to passing of a Bill. She was embracing especially to new members who don’t know how Parliament works. She was a lady of note.”

Minister of Small Business Development Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says Siwela’s contribution to small businesses is one for the books.

“We remember her for the great work she has done. For the first time in ten years, this portfolio committee has managed to pass the legislation, the Small and Medium Enterprise Amendment Bill. This is a Bill that everyone has been looking forward to because it transforms how the entrepreneur’s ecosystem works. It establishes structures.”

Siwela’s political journey was marked by significant roles and contributions to the Mpumalanga province and the nation at large. She previously held positions as an MEC for Human Settlement and later as an MEC for Agriculture. Additionally, she served as the provincial speaker for the Mpumalanga legislature before transitioning to the national parliament in 2018 under the administration of former Premier and former Deputy President David Mabuza.

National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Amos Masondo praised Siwela as a passionate lawmaker who was committed to the emancipation of the majority of poor South Africans. The last time Siwela appeared in Parliament was on Monday this week when she informed the members of her committee about the state of her health.

Mapisa-Nqakula and Masondo have expressed their profound sorrow at the untimely passing of Siwela.

Mapisa-Nqakula and Masondo described Siwela as someone who was passionate about the economic emancipation of the previously marginalised majority in South Africa.

Among the dignitaries expected to attend Siwela’s funeral is Deputy President Paul Mashatile, along with other senior government officials.