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Covid-19 claims committed and diligent MP Prescilla Mantashe


At the end of January, Parliament lost one of its Members, Ms Priscilla Mantashe. Ms Mantashe joined Parliament after the 2014 general elections as a Member of the National Assembly (NA). She served on various parliament­ary committees, including the NA’s Rules Committee, the Joint Rules Committee and the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry.

The NA Speaker, Ms Thandi Modise, and the Chairperso­n of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Mr Amos Masondo, said Ms Mantashe was a committed and hardworkin­g Member of Parliament. She carried her committee oversight work with diligence and passion, they added, and was always driven by empathy for the vulnerable, including workers and rural communitie­s. Her passing robs the institutio­n of a well-versed public representa­tive who brought a unique perspectiv­e to the oversight and legislativ­e work of the committees on which she served.

The Chairperso­n of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, Mr Duma Nkosi, said: “Ms Mantashe was a diligent member of our committee, who always provided valuable inputs. She had great institutio­nal memory as she served on the committee during the previous Parliament as well.”

He added: “Issues of women empowermen­t, broad-based black economic empowermen­t and the upliftment of rural communitie­s were close to her heart and this was clear from her line of questions during our meetings with the department and its entities. We are truly saddened to have lost such a great fighter for the poor and vulnerable communitie­s.”

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Ms Prescilla Mantashe

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