On behalf of the Democratic Alliance, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Education MEC Mandla Makupula, who passed away during the early hours of this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
It is a sad day indeed.
I worked well with Mandla, who had been a member of the provincial legislature since 1999 and held the position of MEC of Education since November 2010.
He was a man who was passionate about education, and we often consulted and sought out ways that could solve the many systemic issues and challenges his department was facing.
He was a man who was willing to listen, and who would put the interests of Education first. He tried his utmost to make a difference but was, at times, let down by some of his officials.
He fought his battle bravely, to the very end.
The province is poorer at his passing.
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