Tributes pour in for ‘spiritual warrior’
TRIBUTES flooded in yesterday as the province learnt of the death of former King Sabata Dalindyebo mayor and ANC regional secretary Siyakholwa Mlamli.
Mlamli was described as a “fearless freedom fighter and spiritual warrior”.
The 49-year-old politician died Wednesday evening after he collapsed at home.
O R Tambo mayor Nomakhosazana Meth, the Congress for South African Trade Unions and the SACP expressed shock and sadness at Mlamli’s sudden passing.
Meth said Mlamli’s death was felt not only by his family but by all those in O R Tambo, who he served for the better part of his life in different capacities.
Cosatu provincial secretary Xolani Malamlela said Mlamli’s death would leave a leadership void in the alliance, both in O R Tambo and the province, as he had contributed immensely to ensuring unity between mass democratic movement (MDM) structures.
The SACP said Mlamli would be missed for his relentless fight against graft and related tendencies within the ANC.
While serving in the KSD council Mlamli was one of only a handful of vocal councillors whose contribution seldom received negative remarks from the opposition.
Said Meth: “Comrade Mlamli was a fearless freedom fighter and tireless spiritual warrior whose entire life was dedicated to serving the people, his movement the ANC and God the Almighty.”
Cosatu’s Malamlela said workers were deeply saddened by the loss of a “credible and tried and tested” leader like Mlamli.
SACP provincial spokesman Siya Mdodi said Mlamli was not in politics for his own benefit, unlike many leaders today. “The SACP in the province will remember comrade Mlamli for his critical voice against the rot in the movement.”
At the time of his passing, Mlamli was the office manager in O R Tambo district deputy mayor Robert Nogumla’s office. —