Limpopo MEC for Agriculture Joyce Mashamba has died after a long illness.

Mashamba previously served as a member of the African National Congress (ANC) NEC and she also served in different provincial departments.

Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha says the death of Mashamba has left a void in the provincial government and in the ANC structures. The former freedom fighter served as an MEC in different provincial portfolios since the dawn of democracy.

Premier Mathabatha’s spokesperson Kenny Mathivha says the entire executive committee is devastated.

“The premier of Limpopo is very devastated on the loss of one of the stalwarts and the ANC alliance in the province,  Mama Joyce Mashamba was not only a senior member of Mathabatha’s executive, and also a pillar of strength and adviser of note, although she was very senior she was very respectful to everybody.”

Meanwhile the ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says the ruling party has sent messages of condolence to the Mashamba family.