ANC Shocked by Untimely Death of Former Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Ramaphosa Sends Heartfelt Condolences

ANC Shocked by Untimely Death of Former Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Ramaphosa Sends Heartfelt Condolences

  • The ANC has confirmed the death of former Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson
  • Joemat-Pettersson reportedly passed away in Cape Town on Monday, 5 June, at the age of 59
  • The late Member of Parliament was embroiled in an extortion scandal involving suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane before her death

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CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress has announced the untimely death of former Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who was 59 years old.

ANC Member of Parliament Tina Joemat-Petterssom
ANC is shocked by the untimely death of MP Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Images: GCIS/Flickr
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According to SABC News, Joemat-Pettersson died on Monday, 5 June, in Cape Town. The circumstances around her death are currently unclear.

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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences to the former minister's family, especially her sons, Austin and Terrance.

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Ramaphosa, through the Office of the Presidency, also sent out heartfelt condolences to Joemat-Pettersson's colleagues. The president added that the ANC has lost a dedicated leader.

Speaking to SABC News, ANC Deputy Secretary General Nomvula Mokonyane stated that Joemat-Pettersson's death was shocking and unexpected.

"This is something that is shocking, very unexpected. Comrade Tina is the child of the ANC. We have grown up together in the movement," said Mokonyane.

Mokonyane added that ANC officials have been reflecting on Joematt-Petterson's death and are quite shocked.

ANC MP Tina Joemat-Petersson embroiled in extortion allegations before her passing

Joemat-Pettersson was fingered in an extortion plot before her passing by the suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwebane's husband.

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According to IOL, Mkhwebane's husband submitted text messages between him and Joemat-Pettersson, which indicated that the late former minister and two other ANC MPs tried to extort money to make Mkhwebane's impeachment trial go away.

It is alleged that Joemat-Pettersson, ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina and Section 194 Inquiry Chairperson Richard Dyantyi demanded R600 000 from Mandla Skosona to manipulate the impeachment proceedings.

Skosona reportedly went to the police and opened a case against the trio three weeks ago. The case was handed over to the Hawks last Friday after Skosana met with Hawks investigators in Germiston, Ekhurhuleni.

Majodina and Dyantyi distanced themselves from the allegations.

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Mkhwebane made this statement while testifying at Section 194 parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to hold office on Tuesday, 28 March.

The PP testified that sending Ramaphosa 31 questions regarding the theft of his US dollars led to her suspension coming into effect a day before the Western Cape High Court ruled on her pending case, reports SowetanLIVE.

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