For­mer coun­cil­lor El­iz­a­beth Trent loses can­cer bat­tle

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News -

For­mer Nel­son Man­dela Bay coun­cil­lor El­iz­a­beth Trent has died.

Trent, who was 73, died at home on Thurs­day af­ter los­ing her bat­tle with can­cer.

She served as coun­cil­lor from 1995 to 2011 and led the DA cau­cus in the city for a num­ber of years.

DA East­ern Cape deputy provin­cial leader Bobby Steven­son said Trent had grown up in a po­lit­i­cal fam­ily.

Her grand­fa­ther was a mem­ber of par­lia­ment, along with her fa­ther, who was also a for­mer mayor of Port El­iz­a­beth.

Trent had been a pas­sion­ate coun­cil­lor with a tough ap­proach who had worked hard in all com­mu­ni­ties in Nel­son Man­dela Bay, and at times did not mince her words, he said.

“Dur­ing her work as a coun­cil­lor she was fear­less in her ap­proach in tak­ing on is­sues and was well re­spected by all of her op­po­nents.

“She was an ex­tremely pas­sion­ate coun­cil­lor who at­tended ev­ery sin­gle coun­cil meet­ing in her time and was thor­oughly con­ver­sant with the is­sues of the metro.”

The party ex­tended its con- do­lences to her fam­ily. “Her pass­ing is a sad loss to the city and to the DA.”

Trent is sur­vived by her hus­band, Ed­die Trent, as well as her three chil­dren Vic­to­ria, Ste­wart and Ed­ward.

Her fu­neral is on Satur­day Jan­uary 12 at 11am at the St Johns Methodist Church in Have­lock Street, Cen­tral.

EL­IZ­A­BETH TRENT

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