Former DA Eastern Cape leader Eddie Trent passes on

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Former Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader, Member of Parliament and Member of the Provincial Legislature, Eddie Trent, has passed away in Port Elizabeth. He was 80-years-old. Trent died from natural causes.

He represented the Port Elizabeth Central Constituency in the old provincial council along with his Progressive Federal Party colleague, Molly Blackburn. Later he was elected to the old national assembly, where he served until 1994.

In 1994 Trent was elected as the sole DA member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature.

DA Provincial leader Bobby Stevenson says, “A political giant in our province has fallen. Eddie Trent was a fearless politician who fought for non-racialism and exposed corruption while championing his liberal values. As the first provincial leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape, he laid the foundation for where the DA is today.”

In 2018, Trent was presented with the Congress award for recognition of lifetime achievement in politics.

His late wife, Elizabeth Trent, was the leader of the opposition in the Nelson Mandela Bay Council. They have three children.

Tributes are pouring in for Trent on Social Media.