Condolences are pouring in following the death of Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mandla Makupula.

He passed away at an East London hospital after a long illness earlier on Monday.

Makupula had been a member of the provincial legislature since 1999 and served as MEC for Education for eight years.

SACP provincial chairperson, Mzoleli Mrara says they’re saddened by his passing.

“We are really shattered because comrade Makupula was more than comrade to us. He was revolutionary a true example of working class leader in the struggle of this country especially in the in Eastern Cape. He understood the challenges confronting our people. He was given the massive Department of Education by the ANC to lead, he was a soldier because he never betrayed his people, and he is an example even to the remaining cadres of this movement”.